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Judge Theresa Lazar Springmann: Reading Depositions

Parties are urged to agree on excerpts of any deposition that are to be read to, or played for, the jury. Video depositions should be edited to eliminate dead time (such as a physician looking through medical records to find the report of the plaintiff's next office visit) or repetitive material.

If a deposition is played or read at trial, Judge Theresa Lazar Springmann presumes the parties' agreement that the court reporter need not record it. The party presenting the deposition should provide the Courtroom Deputy Clerk with a transcript for the record. If only portions of the deposition were used, counsel should provide the Deputy Clerk with a list of the portions presented to the jury.

In bench trials, Judge Theresa Lazar Springmann prefers to read the depositions (or specified parts) rather than have them read during trial.