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Subpoenas and Deposition Testimony: An Overview for Practitioners



Webinar Description

This presentation will involve a discussion of the civil discovery process and review for participants how discovery occurs in a civil lawsuit. Examples of interrogatories, and records and deposition subpoenas will be provided, and the distinction between formal court orders and subpoenas will be reviewed. Professional roles in these types of legal proceedings—that is, fact witness, expert witness and “treating expert” --will be articulated. The focus of this particular presentation as regards deposition testimony will be on fact and treating expert roles (as opposed to when psychologists are retained as expert witnesses). Examples of the types of subpoenas one might receive, possible responses, and aspects of asserting or waiving a privilege will be reviewed. The role in California of the “Notice to Consumer” in subpoenas will also be discussed, as will its impact on privilege. We will further explore the deposition process, and the practical aspects of meeting challenges in that context. These will include ethical and practical dimensions of protecting treatment relationships, whether the professional can receive payment for professional services as a non-retained expert, and the primary role of fact witnesses and treating experts (as opposed to retained experts). This session will also address pacing and objections, and responding to ad hominem attacks. Video and actual case examples will be used to further articulate and expand on methods practitioners can use to competently engage in such proceedings.

Learning Objectives

After attending this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Identify two distinct types of subpoenas in civil cases.
  • Explain the distinction between court orders and subpoenas.
  • Describe four methods of coping effectively with deposition testimony.

Important Notice:

Because this webinar is on-demand, once you are registered and have created a login account, you can view the webinar at any time in whatever time increments are most convenient. However, APA rules require that in order to download your CE certificate, receive CE credits, and become eligible for a discount on your Trust Sponsored Professional Liability Insurance policy premium, you must:

  • Complete the entire webinar,
  • Pass a brief exam, and,
  • Complete a brief evaluation form.

You are required to achieve a passing score of 75 percent or higher. You are allowed three attempts to successfully complete the exam. If you are unsuccessful on the third attempt, you must re-purchase the course to try again.

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Continuing Education

1.5 CE
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