When it comes to deposing an expert witness, there are a number of tactics an attorney might take. As a court reporter, there are days when it can feel like a constant barrage of questions and answers being made in an effort to wear down the expert to the point that they may not make sense. As the court reporter, your role is to keep up with the line of questioning, recording everything that’s being said. If the witness is properly prepared, they can answer almost anything that’s asked.
An expert witness is someone called to testify at a deposition who has specialized training and knowledge on a topic related to the case. If there is a question about evidence related to a computer, there may be a forensics expert who is trained in what is essentially digital detective work. It is their role to put the evidence together in a way that makes sense for the case.
As a court reporter, it is helpful to have the expert witness name, credentials, title, and technical terms that may come up during the deposition so we can familiarize ourselves with the case ahead of time. It can eliminate some of the clarification that tends to happen during a highly technical case.
Expert or not, the witness should be prepared for what is going to happen at the deposition. They need a clear understanding of what is expected of them. Why are they being called as witness? What might they offer that can help the case? What is the strategy of the opposing counsel? Answers to these and other questions will prepare your expert witness for their deposition.
While other questions may come up in the course of the case, you can rest assured your expert witness is prepared.
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