Definition - What does Deposition mean?
A deposition is a written copy of a witness statement. It can be taken prior to a court case if a witness is not able to attend or it can be taken from the stand when they are able. Depositions are used in both criminal and civil cases. Depositions are considered to be part of the discovery process. They are created in a question and answer format. This is done by an attorney asking questions of the witness and the witness answering while under oath. It is recorded by a court reporter.
Within a court setting, a stenographer will record depositions. If they are recorded before court due to the witness being unable to attend, they are written up by the assistant of the inquiring attorney.