Depositions let you show people things and ask them questions under oath with an official court reporter making a written record before trial.
The deponent (person being deposed) is exposed to criminal penalties for perjury (lying under oath).
Depositions are your opportunity to put your opponent and every necessary witness under oath before trial and get answers to questions that go beyond the tight restrictions of the rules of evidence that control at trial!
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The facts you seek at a deposition need not be admissible at trial so long as they are “reasonably calculated to lead to discovery of admissible evidence”.
Know how and when to take depositions.