A deposition is the statement of either the plaintiff or defendant in a court case. Depositions typically take place at the office of one party's attorney. The proceedings are normally typed by a stenographer or court reporter who will record the statements of both parties verbatim. Depositions are used as evidence in court and to allow each attorney to gather information from all parties involved. Formatting of a typed deposition varies slightly from each reporter or attorney, but all formats contain the same basic elements.
Center the name of the court at the top of the first page with the court type on the first line and the county on the second line. For example, the first line might read: "For the Criminal Court," and the second line might read "Of Macon County, Georgia."
Skip two lines and enter the case name by entering the plaintiff's name followed by a comma. Skip one line, tab and enter "Plaintiff" followed by a comma. Skip one line, then abbreviate versus by typing "V." Use the "Tab" key to move your cursor to the right and enter the case number after "C. A." Skip a line, then enter the defendant's name followed by a comma. Skip one line, then enter "Defendant." Enter any other cases involved in the deposition proceedings if there is more than one.
Skip three lines and enter "Deposition of [name of person being questioned]." Skip one line and enter "Court Reporter:" justified to the left and the name, address and phone number of the court reporter justified to the right.
Set up your word processor to number lines and pages beginning on the second page. The process will be different for each word processor, but the options are normally found in the "Document setup" panel. The page numbers should be in the upper or lower-right corner of each page.
Type out each question and answer using the exact words of those involved in the deposition. Type "Q." before each question and "A." before each answer. Indent the first line of each question and answer.
Kayla Ledford has been writing professionally since 2004. Her work has been published in "Tulle Magazine," the "Overton County News" and on various websites. Ledford holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication, with a concentration in journalism, from Tennessee Technological University.