What is a deposition?

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A legal deposition in lawsuit is a formal process where a person testifies under oath, which means one of the parties assures that a licensed court reporter/stenographer is present to record the person's testimony which then can be used in certain ways in the case.

Every state and federal court specifies a written court procedure on exactly how a deposition can be conducted, and other provisions specify how it can later be used once it is typed up by a court reporter.

Court reporters are highly trained and require licensure in the State of Illinois and responsible to the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation.