The Deposition Part 1: Format, Content, and Preparation
Approximate reading time: 0.5 Hours
Approximate online time: 0.5 Hours
One of the legal proceedings that may require the fire
investigator to testify is a deposition. Depositions are often related to civil
proceedings, but more and more jurisdictions are using them in criminal cases.
The setting of and attendees in the deposition differs from those of a
courtroom hearing or trial. However, the deposition is testimony, just as if you were in a courtroom.This module introduces the fire investigator
to the elements of a deposition and discusses the various lines of questioning
typically pursued during the proceeding.The module concludes with a brief discussion of how a fire investigator
should prepare for the deposition.
This module is the first in a two-part series on depositions. It is recommended that the user take this module first, then take "The Deposition Part 2: Questioning Tactics and Effective Responses."