A deposition is both "[a] witness's out-of-court testimony that is reduced to writing (usu. by a court reporter) for later use in court or for discovery purposes" and "[t]he session at which such testimony is recorded." Deposition, Black's Law Dictionary (11th ed. 2019).
This guide includes a sampling of the materials Jenkins has on depositions. If practicing in a particular jurisdiction, it may be helpful to look at resources specific to that jurisdiction. For resources related to depositions in Pennsylvania courts, see the Pennsylvania Resources page of this guide. For resources related to depositions in federal courts, see the Federal Resources page of this guide.
It can also be useful to look at resources that offer a broader, non-jurisdictional, focus. For those resources, see the General Resources page of this guide.
Some subject specific discovery resources include chapters on depositions. For resources on construction litigation, employment discrimination, motor vehicles, premises liability, products liability, and tort actions, see the Subject Specific Resources page of this guide.
For additional resources, try searching the Jenkins' catalog for deposition*. The search results can be limited by adding additional terms to the search or by modifying the search to a specific library location, i.e. General Collection or Pennsylvania Collection.
Court rules often outline the procedures surrounding depositions.
The United States Courts website links to PDFs of the Rules of Appellate Procedure, Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, Rules of Civil Procedure, Rules of Criminal Procedure, and Rules of Evidence. For additional ways to access the Federal Court Rules, including in print, and on the library's Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law computers, see the Federal Court Rules guide.
The Pennsylvania Court Rules are available for free online in the Pennsylvania Code (see Titles 210 through 246). For additional places to find Pennsylvania Court Rules, including in print and on the library's Lexis, Westlaw, and Bloomberg Law computers, see the Pennsylvania Court Rules - State guide.
For how to access county court rules, see the Pennsylvania Court Rules - County guide.
Jenkins also has court rules for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A search of the Jenkins' catalog for court rules and the jurisdiction should find the relevant materials.
Materials focused on discovery and interrogatories may also cover depositions. See the Discovery Practice and Interrogatories guides for additional resources.