How many times can you be subpoenaed for a deposition?

UPDATED: Nov 11, 2014

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How many times can you be subpoenaed for a deposition?

I was sent a letter (almost 2 years ago) stating I must go to their office for a deposition. I did so willingly. The lawyer interviewed me for over an hour and took notes and said he would not need me again. Now I’m getting calls constantly, they sent a sheriff to serve me (I was not home) and they want me to go back for a minimum of 2 hours for my depo. Stating the first time was not a deposition even though that is what the letter stated. This is a civil suit for medical malpractice and several lawyers from all sides will attend. I am only a witness.

Asked on November 11, 2014 under Malpractice Law, Connecticut


M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

It sounds as if the first time you went was not a deposition.  It sounds as if it was just an interview.  That lawyer was not up front with you.  If you are being served with a subpoena by the sheriff then likely that is for a real deposition, under oath and with other attorneys present.  If you don't go the court can hold you in contempt. The type of witness you are here will matter.  By that I mean if you were working at say the hospital of doctor's office you may be able to have yourself covered by their insurance carrier and be represented for the deposition.  Look in to it.  Good luck.

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