Civil Depositions in Kennewick, Washington

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Civil depositions happen during Kennewick, Washington civil litigation, as part of the discovery procedure.

In Kennewick, Washington, "discovery" is a procedure that happens before a civil trial, during which both sides are obligated to disclose relevant evidence to the other.

One way to obtain this information in Kennewick, Washington is to conduct a deposition. A deposition, at its core, is a fairly simple process. A deposition is a question and answer session conducted outside the courtroom. Normally, it takes place in the office space of an attorney representing one of the parties. There are a few people who are almost always present at the deposition: there's the person being deposed, the lawyer who is going to be asking the questions, a lawyer representing the other side of the lawsuit, who can object to any questions being asked (a judge can rule on the objections later), and a court reporter or video recorder, to ensure that the testimony ends up on the record.

Conducting A Civil Deposition in Kennewick, Washington

In Kennewick, Washington, the main reason to conduct a deposition, as opposed to having someone testify in court, is to save time. After days of depositions, the jury can be presented with just the relevant testimony, if the case goes to trial. Furthermore, it's a good idea to conduct a deposition if there's any reason to believe that the witness will not be able to show up to court to testify, due to bad health, or any other reason.

Civil Depositions in Kennewick, Washington can sometimes go on for days, and occasionally even weeks. If you are obligated to appear for a deposition in Kennewick, Washington, it can prove to be a considerable inconvenience.

Because of this fact, the law in Kennewick, Washington permits witnesses who are appearing for depositions to be compensated for the expense associated with it. This includes reimbursement for gas, lodging, and food. They can also be paid a certain amount of money for every hour they testify, to compensate them for their time. However, this money can only be conditioned on the witness showing up and giving truthful testimony. Trying to condition it on the witness testifying in a particular way ceases to be compensation, and becomes bribery, which is a crime.

In Kennewick, Washington depositions, everyone being deposed is under oath. This means that you are legally and morally obligated to answer every question truthfully. If you deliberately misrepresent your knowledge (lie), you are guilty of perjury. And if you're caught, you could end up facing jail time and/or some extremely steep fines.

How Can A Kennewick, Washington Lawyer Help?

If you are the defendant or plaintiff in a lawsuit, chances are good that you'll have to appear in a deposition. You should, by this time, already be represented by a Kennewick, Washington civil litigation attorney. You should do whatever they tell you to do (unless, of course, they tell you to lie, in that case you should find a new lawyer).

If you are not a party to the lawsuit, but are subpoenaed to testify in a deposition, you should at least contact with a Kennewick, Washington attorney, who can advise you on how to proceed.

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Life in Kennewick

Kennewick is located in Benton County, Washington. Neighboring waters include the Columbia River and Yakima Rivers. Kennewick is well-known because Forbes Magazine ranked it second in the U.S. for job growth.

Top employers include the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the Toyota Center, and the Columbia Center Mall.

A popular fact about Kennewick is that it aimed to become the Slurpee Capital of the World in 2008. Unfortunately, Winnipeg, Canada took that title. However, this attempt certainly helped Kennewick gain popularity.

Kennewick is also home to many attorneys who actively practice law and cater to the legal needs of residents. Alongside with attorneys, Kennewick has been the home to many famous celebrities. Such celebrities include Damon Lusk, Danica Stewart, Jeremy Bonderman, Kimo Von Oelhoffen, Olaf Kolzig, and Stu Barnes.

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