Whether you are a defendant officer in the midst of a civil lawsuit or simply being proactive, the information in this book is vital to your career survival and peace of mind. Your deposition, along with all of your prior testimony and reporting, will set the foundation for the verdict of your civil trial.
Every moment of preparation for your deposition testimony will pay huge dividends in your performance and better influence the outcome of the verdict. The comprehensive step-by-step advice in this book assists you in preparing to testify to the best of your ability in any civil (or criminal) deposition. This information is based upon the advice of some of the best police civil defense attorneys in the business combined with the experiences and lessons-learned of an expert witness with over twenty years of defending officers in civil and criminal courts across the nation.
Topics you will learn about:
-- The areas to focus upon during your preparations and study that will have the greatest impact on your testimony.
-- The conduct of the deposition process itself.
-- How testimony in civil processes is different from your criminal testimony experience.
-- Why your testimony should be about the context of the event as much as about the facts of case.
-- Common plaintiff’s experts’ theories and how to defend against their assertions.
-- Language and terminology.
-- Plaintiff attorneys' theories and strategies.
-- What to expect at the deposition (including opposing attorneys’ dirty tricks).
The deposition will set up your testimony in the civil trial in front of the jury. This is your chance to provide solid, accurate, and very importantly, comprehensive information about your decision-making, actions, and behavior. Without exception, officers who prepare well for their depositions tend to do well facing even the best attorneys, thus assisting in the defense of their own cases. Those who fail to ready themselves rarely do as well, and sometimes literally lose what might have been a winnable case for themselves and their agencies. The result and effectiveness of your deposition testimony is largely up to you.
Instead of wandering through this civil-litigation wilderness alone and in the dark where the deposition threatens to derail your defense, utilize the tools offered in this book to demystify the process and guide you through the preparation for your testimony. The non-technical, conversational manner allows you to quickly gain familiarity with the process, and to take the steps necessary to make a difference in your own defense. That’s the reason for this book; so that good officers who reasonably do the job the way they are trained and who put themselves in harm’s way for others can prepare for their day in court.
Mr. Williams is a highly sought after police procedures expert witness who has seen the best and the worst of deposition testimony over the past two decades. His down-to-earth, nuts and bolts approach makes for an easy read as well as a useful how-to guide through the complicated, and sometimes murky process of the civil deposition.
Excelling in your testimony will be no accident. After your deposition testimony, you’ll be relieved it is over, and happy to have found this book.
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