Who Should Attend a Deposition?

During a deposition, the conference room generally holds only the deponent, examiner, deponent's counsel, and the court reporter. Other attorneys may be present, depending on the case. Legal depositions aren't generally entertaining affairs that attract eager viewers, but in some cases, it may be appropriate to rent a larger conference room in Palo Alto, California, to seat additional people.

If there is a language barrier, it is necessary to have an interpreter present. Ideally, that interpreter should have extensive experience working in legal settings, and he or she should have general knowledge of industry-specific terms that may come up. It's also a good idea to have a videographer present to capture a visual record of the deposition. The examiner may decide to have a portion of the video recording admitted into court as evidence to be shown to the jury. Less commonly, an expert or consultant may attend the deposition. They may be asked to lend their expertise on particularly technical subjects. If the presence of a consultant is not desirable, the attorney may suspend the deposition and request a court order to exclude the unwanted party.

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