Litigation Lawyers in Douglas
Civil depositions happen during Douglas, Wyoming civil litigation, as part of the discovery procedure.
"Discovery" is a procedure that happens before a trial in Douglas, Wyoming. During the discovery process, both sides are obligated to make relevant information available to each other.
One way to obtain this information in Douglas, Wyoming 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. Typically, 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 Douglas, Wyoming
Depositions in Douglas, Wyoming serve a very significant purpose: obtaining testimony on the record, and admitted as evidence, when there is some reason to suspect that the witness won't be able to appear in court during trial, because of health, possible incarceration, or any other reason.
It should not be any shock, then, that civil depositions in Douglas, Wyoming can go on for a very long time. If you are contacted to appear in a deposition in Douglas, Wyoming, this can be a huge headache.
To mitigate this, the law of Douglas, Wyoming typically entitles people being deposed to reimbursement. They can be compensated for travel expenses, lodging, and a can be given a small amount of money simply for their time. However, this is meant to be reimbursement for the time and expense incurred in attending a deposition, and it is most definitely not payment for the witness to provide testimony that's advantageous to one side or the other.
In Douglas, Wyoming 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 Douglas, Wyoming 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 Douglas, Wyoming 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 Douglas, Wyoming attorney, who can advise you on how to proceed.