Deposition Summaries

One court accelerates the pace of its asbestos trials by encouraging the use of summaries of depositions and tightly edited video­taped depositions. Through the use of a summary format, with page references and occasional verbatim reading of important pas­sages, a fifty-page deposition can be summarized in about ten min­utes.118Regarding videotaped depositions, the court rules on the objections prior to editing. The court has found that demonstrative evidence, such as use of the asbestos product at the job site, enhances jurors’ interest in videotapes. Presumably such techniques reduce the need for presentation of similar evidence in the court­room.

  1. Cf Richey, A  Modern Management Technique for Trial Courts to Improve the
    Quality of Justice; Requiring Direct Testimony to Be Submitted in Written Form
    Prior to Trial, 72 Geo. L.J. 7S (1983).