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What Types of Questions Should you Expect from a Remote Deposition?



Preparing for a remote deposition could seem like a daunting task at first, but with the right knowledge you can expect a smooth procedure. A deposition is a form of pretrial investigation to receive an oral statement of a witness under oath. Many cases have to involve individuals that weren’t directly involved, but can provide vital information that will help the speed of the trial. In some cases, information from a deposition may even lead to a case being settled before the trial ever begins.


Remote Deposition Questions


During a remote deposition it is important that you are honest with everything you say. You are under oath, meaning that the weight of your words will remain the same as in the courtroom in front of a judge and/or jury. Many questions that follow into a full deposition may be very different based on the case. However, here are some of the more standard remote deposition questions you can expect.


  • Do you understand that you must be completely honest? All answers and statements are sworn in under oath?
  • Is this the first time that you’ve participated in a remote deposition?
  • Are you prepared to answer all of my questions here today?
  • What is your full name? Do you go by any other names?
  • Date of Birth? Where is your current residence?
  • What is your current occupation?
  • Are you married? – What is your spouse’s full name?
  • Have you ever been arrested and/or convicted of a crime? – What crime were you convicted of?
  • Have you been involved with previous lawsuits in the past?
  • What did you do to prepare for this deposition?
  • Have you made any written or recorded statements to reporters, social media, etc.?
  • Do you know the plaintiff/defendant? – Have you ever seen them before?

The main reason for all of these questions is to establish where your mindset is at prior to delving into the detailed questions. Also, background questions establish the legitimacy of your claims if you answer them without hesitation.