deposition

  • 1.

    Before trial, one party may "depose" another party or a witness by asking that person questions under oath. A court reporter makes a record of the questions and answers and then "transcribes" the testimony in writing. Both the questioning and the written transcript are called "depositions." Parties take depositions for several reasons, including to substitute for testimony at trial when the witness is ill or cannot attend, or to help discover information to help prepare for trial. A party may use parts of a deposition at trial but only for limited purposes.

    Oregon Judicial Department 1
  • 2.

    An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial. See

    United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit 2
    See also transcript

1Oregon Judicial Department, Juror Information: Glossary of Terms, http://­www.ojd.state.or.us/­jurorinfo/­glossary.htm (last accessed May 27, 2009).

2United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Commonly Used Terms - U.S. Courts, http://­www.ca9.uscourts.gov/­content/­view.php?pk_id=0000000237 (last accessed May 28, 2009).