In many respects, preparing for deposition is a mini-preparation for trial. The expert can expect to go through some of the same steps for both key testimony events. Rehearsing, by giving a practice deposition on videotape, can be useful and valuable. The attorney can drill the witness with practice questions.
The expert can benefit from observing physical mannerisms and the method of answering questions for purposes of self-improvement. Not every case warrants videotaped deposition preparation. However, for cases that do, the results of rehearsal and practice can be dramatic.
The expert should not attend a deposition without thorough preparation. The expert should study and review the guidelines and suggestions for deposition and trial testimony provided in General Testifying Tips to help guide the deponent's performance.
Additional Online Courses
- What Every First Responding Officer Should Know About DNA Evidence
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- DNA – A Prosecutor’s Practice Notebook
- Crime Scene and DNA Basics
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- DNA Amplification
- Population Genetics and Statistics
- Non-STR DNA Markers: SNPs, Y-STRs, LCN and mtDNA
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