Legally Speaking

What happens during a discovery/deposition in a legal case?

A discovery (frequently known as a deposition) is a hearing at which each of the parties is questioned under oath by the lawyers for the other parties. It is not a trial, but your evidence will be given under oath and you must answer all questions as truthfully and accurately as you can.

A Court Reporter will be present at the discovery and be recording everything said unless it is agreed to “go off the record.”

The only people present at discoveries will be the reporter, the parties, and their lawyers.

Discovery proceedings are very important to a case as they often give rise to settlement by showing the parties the strong and weak points of their case.

All discovery evidence is admissible at trial (if one becomes necessary) and is most often used to contradict a witness’ testimony at trial.

At Correia & Collins, we ensure that we and our clients are thoroughly prepared for discoveries. Contact us by phone at 506-648-1700 or online for advice. Your first consultation is free.