deposition

deposition
The testimony of a witness taken upon oral question or written interrogatories, not in open court, but in pursuance of a commission to take testimony issued by a court, or under a general law or court rule on the subject, and reduced to writing and duly authenticated, and intended to be used in preparation and upon the trial of a civil action or criminal prosecution. A pretrial discovery device by which one party (through his or her attorney) asks oral questions of the other party or of a witness for the other party.
The person who is deposed is called the deponent.
The deposition is conducted under oath outside of the courtroom, usually in one of the lawyer's offices. A transcript-word for word account-is made of the deposition. Testimony of witness, taken in writing, under oath or affirmation, before some judicial officer in answer to questions or interrogatories. Fed.R. Civil P. 26 et seq.; Fed.R. Crim.P. 15.
See also discovery
In ecclesiastical law, the act of depriving a clergyman, by a competent tribunal, of his clerical orders, to punish him for some offense and to prevent his acting in future in his clerical character.
@ oral deposition
Form of discovery by addressing questions orally to person interrogated. Fed.R. Civil Proc. 30. Written questions. Form of discovery in which written questions are addressed to person interrogated. Fed.R. Civil Proc. 31
@ deposition de bene esse
/depazishan diy biyniy esiy/ Testimony to be read at the trial, so far as relevant and competent, as though the witness were present in court. Milprint, Inc. v. Macleod Laboratories, 127 N.J.L. 333, 22 A.2d 566, 567
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