Seminar ID: 109415

Conducting Effective Witness Interviews - The Process of Preparation

Conducting Effective Witness Interviews - The Process of Preparation

Preparation has many meanings, depending upon one's point of view.

Counsel's preparation of the case, much like the ringmaster of a three ring circus, entails knowing the seemingly infinite details of the case yet being able to maintain an overview of the entire action. Preparation for a deposition or an interview entails many of the same characteristics of preparation of the entire case, but on a more limited scale. Each witness occupies a role in the case. Part of the interview or deposition is to ascertain how broad or limited that role is. Whether you are meeting the witness in the cozy confines of counsel's office or in the more formalistic setting of a deposition, counsel's tasks remain the same: to determine what the witness knows which is relevant to the case; to ready the witness to testify; and to ensure that the witness understands the process. This white paper reviews details behind setting up the witness meeting and interview; and discusses key concerns and practice questions.