How to Cite a Deposition Transcript

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When you are preparing an argument or trial brief, you must cite all facts stated, including those from sources such as the transcripts of depositions given in a trial. The Bluebook style manual offers clear guidelines for the citation of trial transcripts. According to Bluebook, all assertions based on deposition transcripts must be cited parenthetically within the text.

  • List the last name of the person testifying. For example: Smith. List the abbreviation for the type of source material. When citing a deposition, write this abbreviation after the name: Dep. List the page number on which the information appears, followed by a period. For example: 19.

  • Enclose the entire citation in parentheses. For example, write (Smith Dep. 19.)

  • Place your citation directly after the sentence it supports. For example, write "Mr. Smith clearly states that the attack took place between 9:15 and 9:30 that same night (Smith Dep. 19.)."

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