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An individual who, under oath or affirmation, gives out-of-court testimony in a deposition. A deponent is someone who gives evidence or acts as a witness. The testimony of a deponent is written and carries the deponent's signature.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. a person testifying (stating answers in response to questions) at a deposition. (See: depose, deposition)

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a person who depones or gives evidence by deposition or by AFFIDAVIT.
Collins Dictionary of Law © W.J. Stewart, 2006

DEPONENT, witness. One who gives information, on oath or affirmation, respecting some facts known to him, before a magistrate he who makes a deposition.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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* "Objection, vague," or "objection, ambiguous"--Before most depositions, the questioning lawyer typically explains some basic ground rules to the deponent. One of those ground rules is almost always something to the effect of, "If you don't understand my questions, please tell me and I'll rephrase the question." Despite this instruction, it is common for the lawyer defending the deposition to object on the basis that the question is "vague."
While both parties may question the deponent on this field of expertise, the deponent is not authorized to provide expert testimony on other subjects.}
If more than one witness is necessary to provide the foundation testimony, a 30(b)(6) deponent is entitled to provide more than one witness.
(38) Instead of applying the standard of Rule 26(c)(1), courts applying the apex doctrine require the party seeking the deposition to (1) show that the putative deponent possesses "unique or superior" and often "first hand" relevant knowledge and (2) demonstrate it has pursued all other "less burdensome" means of acquiring that knowledge (such as interrogatories and depositions of less prestigious witnesses).
* [H.sub.0]: If [P.sub.i] < 1, than the "i" deponent need money, and he will withdraw all the money from the bank;
Like the litigator, counsel may face deponents who provide incomplete information or ambiguous responses.
At a deposition there are usually two lawyers, the deponent and a legal transcriptionist; sometimes there is just a videographer; occasionally a transcriptionist and videographer.