The Deposition Part 2: Questioning Tactics and Effective Responses
Approximate reading time: 0.5 Hours
Approximate online time: 1 Hour
One of the legal proceedings that may require the fire
investigator to testify is a deposition. Deposing attorneys employ a variety of
tactics to learn about the expert witness giving testimony, to try to unsettle
that witness to see how he/she handles such pressure, and to probe for
weaknesses to exploit.The investigator
can ensure that his/her testimony accurately reflects his/her work on the case
by understanding these tactics and using effective counters.When questioning turns contentious, it can be
challenging to maintain focus and professionalism and provide accurate,
truthful answers.This module teaches
effective ways to respond to the most common questioning tactics.
This module is the second in a two-part series on depositions. It is recommended that the user first complete the module "The Deposition Part 1: Format, Content, and Preparation", then proceed with this module.