What is a legal deposition? | Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp

A legal deposition in an injury lawsuit is a formal process where the injured person testifies under oath, which usually means one of the parties–either the injured person’s attorney or the defense or insurance attorney, assures that a licensed court reporter/stenographer is present to record the injured person’s testimony, which then can be used in certain ways in the injury case.

Every state and federal court specifies a written court procedure on exactly how a deposition can be conducted, and other provisions specify how it can later be used once it is typed up by a court reporter.

Also, these written court rules specify that such a deposition can be videotaped and some court rules even provide that a deposition may in fact be videotaped and without a court stenographer present. Court reporters are highly trained and most states require licensure.