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deposition

A form of legal discovery in civil proceedings in which the litigants may question potential witnesses under oath to discover the testimony they are likely to present at trial. Testimony taken at a deposition may also be used to preserve evidence for a trial that might occur after the death of the deponent.
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Definition reprinted with permission from Committee on Psychiatry and Law, of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry: Mental Health Professional and the Legal System

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