Trial and Deposition Witness Preparation Forms.

Use trial and deposition witness preparation forms to improve the testimony of your witnesses at deposition and trial.

Good trial lawyers use witness preparation forms and handouts to have the witness be the best they can be.

With proper witness preparation forms to aid you, you will:

  • Improve your own witnesses' skills, to help them testify and be an asset to your case.
  • Learn effective ways for you to teach your witness the principles of testifying.
  • Improve the settlement value of your case, and the verdict at trial!

The witness instruction forms are especially important and useful in your preparation of witness for deposition or trial. (So that they are witnesses who both (A) give a good impression to the jury, and also (B) thank you for making them feel good about their testimony.) Your witness will:

  • Learn the basic principles of testifying. Your witness will be ready to communicate their facts in a confident manner.
  • Practice at home what you taught in the office.
  • Avoid common mistakes in testimony.

Our time-saving handouts for witnesses quickly adapt to any case as an integrated part of the preparation process.

DEP4006 Take-home instruction form for lay witnesses.

The one best aid for preparing witnesses to testify. Witness Instruction Handout is an easy to use tool for you to teach in the office, and for your witness to learn at home.

DEP009 Home practice form Q&A for clients on bodily injury testimony.

Exclusively for personal injury plaintiffs, to improve their damages testimony. The Client Prep handout is a unique "How To Testify" skill builder.

DEP4008 Instructions to lay witness for video deposition.

The "Pointers" with instructions adapted specially for witnesses whose depositions will be videotaped.

EXDEP4008 Instructions to expert witness for video deposition.

Applicable when the expert's deposition is videoed.

WIT5102 Telling witness not to talk to the adverse party.

Gives you short statement of limitations of what you can do, and then a form to do the maximum you can do in asking independent witnesses not to talk to the other side.

TIP3119 The social media instructions to your client, and questions to always ask your own witnesses during deposition preparation.

You need to ask the right questions about social media sites when you take depositions of adverse witnesses.

The ethics of witness preparation.

A free PowerLitigation™ article on how to prepare your witness ethically.

WIT0506 Clarify testimony

This is a free tactics article with an "extra" idea that will help you teach witnesses how to get out of a hole they have created for themselves by misspeaking or failings of memory, after they realize their mistake.

WIT5101 Witness preparation: what you can do.

Another free article for lawyers to assist in witness preparation.


More deposition-related forms you should know about include:

DEP1207 Videographer - Instructions for recording depositions you take.

Send this to the person who is going to be doing the actual videotaping of the deposition you have scheduled of your own witness (or an adverse witness) that may be used at trial.

EX0807 Subpoena duces tecum to adverse expert witness.

Rule 26 and 45 combine to give you power, if you use the paragraphs of the Advanced Subpoena Duces Tecum.

DEP1217 Motion for protective order to block deposition.

When you need to prevent a deposition set for next week, this is a form to do it, ASAP.

DEP4003 Deposition Objections Report and Checklist.

Before you go to a deposition, use this report as a checklist and memory refresher on the objections you and the other side properly can make at a deposition. Put this checklist in your deposition/trial notebook!


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