A Quick Look at Deposition Abuse

Court reporters serving Palo Alto, California, often attend depositions in which an attorney engages in abusive practices, such as obstruction. Deposition abuse may be more likely when the deposition isn't held in a conference room capable of video conferencing and video recording. When attorneys know that their abusive behaviors are being captured on a digital record, they tend to cease those problematic behaviors promptly.

In addition to the use of video recording, you can watch this featured video to get some more tips on dealing with deposition abuse. For example, if the opposing counsel frequently instructs the witness not to answer your questions, you can ask the court reporter to mark each of these incidents in the record. In severe cases, you might need to inform the other attorney that you'll seek a court-issued protective order if the deposition abuse doesn't end.