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Deposition

During a deposition, a party or witness' out-of-court testimony is taken. The deponent is asked questions by attorneys representing the parties in the case. Testimony is given under oath. Deposition testimony is usually recorded by a court reporter. The transcript of the deposition can then be used throughout the case. For example, during trial, an attorney who is questioning a witness may use that witness's deposition testimony to point out inconsistencies in the witness' trial testimony.