Civil Lawsuit Basics: Getting Parties or Witnesses to Answer Questions in Person (Depositions)

Thursday, November 16, 2017: 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Thursday, March 15, 2018: 12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Oral depositions are a powerful discovery tool used to collect valuable information from both parties and witnesses in a civil lawsuit. Depositions take testimony under oath and preserve it for use in motions, settlements avenues, and at trial. This class will focus on California state court rules and procedures for noticing a deposition, taking and preserving testimony, and helpful strategies for incorporating the information obtained into use at trial or settlement.


Class covers:

  • Requirements and service of notice; travel limits
  • Using a deposition subpoena to obtain discovery from a non-party
  • Responding to a notice of deposition
  • Conducting a deposition; objections; compelling attendance
  • Use of deposition testimony

Presented by Christine Langteau:
Christine Langteau is a reference and research librarian. She has a B.A. degree in Social Welfare from SDSU and a certificate from the University of San Diego’s Lawyer Assistant Program. Christine worked as a paralegal for 20 years mainly in litigation where responding to, drafting, and summarizing discovery was a large part of her work. She received her MLIS from SJSU in 2009 and first worked in the Pomona branch of the law library before joining the reference staff at the main library. Christine gives tours of the law library to paralegal students, responds to prison inmate mail, and teaches Introduction to Print Resources, Finding Forms, Lawsuits in Superior Court, Discovery: Facts, Witnesses and Documents, and the Paralegal-Lit class.

No legal advice:
LA Law Library provides access to legal resources and assistance with legal research. LA Law Library does not provide legal advice. For legal advice, you should consult an attorney.

Registration fees: $20 for the class
Non-refundable payment reserves seat
Parking options available during registration
Lunch option no longer available

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