After a lawsuit is filed, the lawyer for either party may require the other party or independent witnesses to come to the lawyer’s office and submit to a “deposition”. The lawyer will ask the “deponent” questions about the case, which the deponent must answer. A court reporter will be present and write down all questions and answers. At trial, the lawyer might introduce the questions and answers into evidence, perhaps to show that a witness has changed his story from the story he told at the deposition.

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