Different Ways To Summarize A Testimony


When you’re writing a deposition summary, it can be helpful to think of it as taking the reader on a journey.

You want to make sure they understand where they are, where they’re going, and why they’re going there.

In this article, we’ll cover four of the best deposition summaries example using alternative sources that may already be at your disposal.

Top 4 Ways To Summerize A Testimony

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1. Previous Deposition

Sometimes a witness can be called to testify in court again, but the judge knows that he or she has already given testimony. If this happens, the lawyer asking the questions will say something like “I’ll ask my last question from your previous deposition.”

If a witness or party has testified in court before, you could use their previous deposition as a basis for your summary.

This way, instead of having to read through the entire transcript when writing your report, you will only need to read through one deposition instead.

2. Old Testimony

Another way to summarize a previous testimony is by using what’s called “old testimony.”

This means you can read directly from a transcript of a deposition or testimony given at trial which occurred earlier than the current case. If you’re testifying on behalf of someone else, you could even read from your own old deposition!

This may be helpful if they have already provided similar testimony in other cases and it would be convenient not having to go through multiple transcripts while writing your report.

3. Expert Testimony

You could even use an expert’s previous testimony as a basis for your summary if they have been deposed before and their expertise is relevant to this case; however, using experts’ prior testimonies may not always be possible due to confidentiality agreements between attorneys and experts (it depends on what type of expert is being used).

4. Video Testimony

Video testimony has become the standard for summarizing a testimony because it is so easy to create and share with others. Because videos are easily accessible on the internet, they are able to reach more people than other types of summaries such as written summaries or audio summaries.

Final Thoughts

It’s easy to summarize a testimony. All you need is a little practice, some research, and a willingness to try new things. There are many ways to do it, but the most important thing is that you keep at it—you’ll get better with practice!


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