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A basic overview of what to do before and after being called to testify as put together by Virginia construction attorney Christopher G. Hill and Chris Chapman and engineer at F & R

A basic overview of what to do before and after being called to testify as put together by Virginia construction attorney Christopher G. Hill and Chris Chapman and engineer at F & R

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  • So You Have Been Called to Testify Christopher G. HillThe Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC Chris Chapman CIH Froehling & Robertson, Inc.
  • What to Expect Read e-mails before sending them “He said, she said” Do not destroy anything Photos are great Make sure you are covered
  • Pre-TrialDocumentsPreparation conve rsatioDepositions explorat or y n al  exploratory under  conversational used l oath ater  under oath prepa re  used later in trial  will prepare you  Review transcript carefully before signing it and before trial.
  • At Trial Relax Dress Take a deep breath before answering. Be ready with the information. Answer what is asked. Don’t fight the attorney. If an attorney objects, stop, wait and let the Court rule.
  • SummaryListen to the whole question.Give a complete, yet conciseanswer.Answer the precise questionasked.If you don’t know theanswer, say so.Don’t argue- calmly answerquestions.Be open, calm and friendly.
  • What to Do Tell the truth. If you do not know–just say you don’t. Think before you speak. Talk in full complete sentences. Allow 5 seconds before each answer. Answer the question being asked only. Always ask to have the question repeated if in doubt or need more time to answer.
  • What NOT To Do Never Guess. Do not answer a question you do not understand. Do not use gestures, grunts to answer. Do not explain your own thought processes or state of mind. Avoid adjectives/superlatives. Do not use derogatory terms or obscenities. Do not testify about what other people know.
  • What NOT To Do continued Do not let the examiner put words in your mouth Do not adopt an examiners summery of your own testimony. If the examiner interrupts you, let them finish and then state that you were not finished answering the question. If you have completed your answer to a question and it is correct, do not expand on it--remain quiet. Do not try to be funny. NEVER be argumentative with counsel.
  • What NOT To Do continued There is no such thing as “off the record”. Unless it is to your advantage, do not educate the examiner. If you are asked a question about a document, make sure you read it before answering the question. Ifyou make a mistake or oversight be truthful. Correct your answer if possible.
  • More Information Christopher G. HillThe Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC chrisghill@constructionlawva.com christopherhill-law.com 804.205.5155 Chris Chapman CIH Froehling & Robertson, Inc. CChapman@FandR.com FandR.com 804.264.2701
  • So You Have Been Called to Testify Christopher G. HillThe Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC Chris Chapman CIH Froehling & Robertson, Inc.