Legal Definition of deposition
- The official statement by a witness taken in writing (as opposed to testimony which where a witnesses give their perception of the facts verbally). Affidavits are the most common kind of depositions.
Definition of deposition
deposition (plural depositions)
- The removal of someone from office.
- The act of depositing material, especially by a natural process; the resultant deposit.
- (chemistry) The production of a thin film of material onto an existing surface.
- (law) The process of taking sworn testimony out of court; the testimony so taken.
- (meteorology) The formation of snow or frost directly from water vapor.
- (physics) The transformation of a gas into a solid without an intermediate liquid phase (reverse of sublimation)
- (religion) The formal placement of relics in a church or shrine, and the feast day commemorating it.
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In law, a deposition is witness's out of court testimony that is reduced to writing for later use in court or for discovery purposes Black's Law Dictionary. In many countries, depositions are given in courtrooms. In the United States, they are usually taken elsewhere. In the United States, it is taken during an Examination Before Trial (EBT), a part of the discovery process in which litigants gather information in preparation for trial. Some jurisdictions recognize an affidavit as a form of deposition. The routine practice of obtaining the oral evidence of a witness before trial is foreign to common law jurisdictions such as England, Australia and New Zealand. Having the right to pose oral questions to opposing parties in litigation before trial developed in Canada and the United States in the nineteenth century.
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