- August 24, 2011
- In personal Injury
Many pre-trial depositions are videotaped nowadays, and there are several specific considerations if you are testifying in a deposition that is being recorded versus one that is not. In this article, Orange County personal injury attorney Samer Habbas will explain what some of these considerations are.
Sit Up Straight
You want anyone viewing the video of your deposition to be focused on what you are saying, not distracted by your slouching, leaning back in the chair, etc. If you are restless or fidgety, this may subconsciously indicate to jurors that you are not telling the truth. Rocking in your chair, touching your face, and other physical quirks can interfere with the effectiveness of your testimony, and you may be remembered for all the wrong reasons.
Maintain Eye Contact With the Camera
It is a natural human tendency to make eye contact with the person we are speaking to, so your impulse will probably be to make eye contact with the questioning attorney. Breaking eye contact with the attorney may make him or her think that you are being evasive, but it is ultimately not important what the attorney thinks, but what the jurors or other people viewing the videotape think. It is them that you will want to maintain eye contact with, not the attorney. This means looking straight into the camera when answering questions. The videotape’s viewers will feel like you are looking right at them, and they will be more inclined to view your answers as truthful.
For a free evaluation of your case, please contact Orange County personal injury attorney Samer Habbas.