CRICO Insights: May 2017

Judge Zobel’s key rules for being deposed...

Listen to the question.

Make sure you understand it.

Stay focused.

Don’t be distracted by worrying about the broader strategy—leave that to your lawyer.

Answer the question.

But only the question asked.

Obey your lawyer.

If she says, “Don’t answer that question,” stop talking.

Don’t rush your answers.

Being too prompt can cause as many difficulties as stalling.

Don’t speak until spoken to.

Plaintiff’s counsel can introduce anything you say into evidence against you.

Tell the truth.

Because the truth doesn’t go without saying.

Source: Doctors and the Law by Hon. Hiller Zobel and Stephen N. Rous, MD. Download your free ebook.

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