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Law 101: Legal Guide for the Forensic Expert


Law 101: Depositions
National Institute of Justice (NIJ) (see reuse policy).

After completing Depositions, the user should:

  • Know the purpose of a deposition.
  • Know who may and may not be present at a deposition.
  • Discuss with the proffering attorney what documents are discoverable or privileged.
  • Know what items/records to bring to a deposition.
  • Prepare for the deposition as one would for the trial.
  • Know that a deposition constitutes prior sworn testimony that can be admitted at the trial or used for impeachment.
  • Know that the expert has a right to review deposition testimony before further proceedings.

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