Before a case goes to trial, both legal teams have time to find out all the necessary facts of the case. During that discovery period, witnesses will give depositions that serve the dual purpose of making sure both teams have the same information and to preserve the testimony as it was given.
In a fair court trial, the defendant needs to understand what evidence and witness testimony exists in order to build a defense. A deposition gives both legal teams access to the basic information that the witness will have to present to the court. Attorneys from both sides can attend the depositions and ask questions, despite objections.
There is no judge present during a deposition, so the questions raised during the deposition may influence the litigation strategy as well. For example, an attorney may take note of a question asked by their colleague that they plan to object to in front of the judge.
Having a Howard County, Maryland family law attorney by your side during a deposition can be very helpful.