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We are honored just to be recognized for our devotion to keeping up with our clients’ needs in the area of technology which is what we’ve done for over twenty years.
Deposition Trap: The Out-Of-Town Witness
By Paul Sandler for The Daily Record, Baltimore
There you are in Milwaukee, representing your client, the defendant in a toxic tort case. Counsel for the plaintiff is about to depose a witness who previously lived in the plaintiff’s neighborhood in Maryland. Now, as the plaintiff’s counsel questions the witness, you sit in amazement as blatantly false testimony unfolds.
Why impeach now? you think. I’ll save it for trial to avoid tipping my hand too early.
Fourteen months later, the trial begins. As the plaintiff’s counsel proceeds with her case you sense something is wrong. That Milwaukee witness with the fantastic story does not seem to be lurking in the halls.
Suddenly, opposing counsel stands and quietly states: Our next witness is unavailable. He lives out of state. I wish now to call my associate, Linda Jones, to the stand. I would like to read the questions from the witness’ deposition; Ms. Jones will respond.
As many of us know, incorporating video depositions in a case can be a costly and many times unnecessary expense. With most trials settling and not actually going to trial, many attorneys don’t see the need to spend the extra money on this invaluable service. The fact is, a video deposition when prepared properly can actually save you and your attorney time in your discovery as well as the client money over the life of the case and, it’ll likely help you settle cases faster. So don’t shelf those video depositions when you get them, put them to work for you from the onset of the case.
To accomplish this we need to change the way we think about using video in the discovery process and add a little a dose of technology. If you prepare your video product as if you will most certainly be going to trial with it (instead of using it as insurance) and you make some simple changes, your video will cost you less and be more productive throughout the life of the case.