Legalese Defined: Deposition

Deposition – Legal Definition

A deposition is an interview conducted by an attorney outside of court during the discovery phase of a lawsuit. At deposition, a person is sworn in—so they must tell the truth, just like in court—and answers questions in front of a stenographer who writes down everything they say. The person being interviewed (“the deponent”) is usually accompanied by their own attorney or an attorney for one of the parties.