Tips for Planning a Mock Deposition

For a plaintiff or defendant, the most nerve-wracking part of litigation is often the questioning during a deposition or trial. Lawyers can prepare their clients by discussing the basic format of the deposition and talking about the types of questions they can expect. While these are necessary steps to take, they cannot fully prepare a client for the experience of answering questions under pressure. The solution is the mock deposition. When it's time to hold a mock deposition, turn to professional court reporting services near the Bay Area for assistance. You can book a conference room or even set up videoconferencing technology if your client doesn't live locally. Court reporting agencies can also arrange to have an interpreter present if need be.

Enlist Outside Help

By this point in the litigation process, it is likely that your client has become accustomed to answering questions from you. The usefulness of a mock deposition is limited when your client continues to answer questions from a familiar person. To thoroughly prepare your client for a real deposition, consider enlisting the help of another lawyer at your law firm whom your client has never met. This individual could play the role of the opposing counsel. Some lawyers even take the extra step of hiring a lawyer from a different law firm to fulfill this role.

Hire a Court Reporter

To truly set up an authentic deposition experience for your client, it's a good idea to hire a certified court reporter. Your client will become used to the presence of the court reporter in the conference room and to the idea that his or her words are being recorded. This can help ease your client's nerves on the day of the real deposition. Additionally, the court reporter can provide a transcript of this proceeding, which you and your client can review after the mock deposition.

Provide Careful Instructions

Just as if you were holding a real deposition, you should provide all the necessary instructions to your client beforehand. He or she should know to answer all questions honestly and to say, "I don't know" where appropriate instead of trying to guess at the answer.

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