Answers to All Your Questions About Legal Videography
Why videotape a deposition and how is it used in trial?
There are several reasons why attorneys choose videotape a deposition. One use is to have the witness’s testimony just in case the witness is unable to testify in court. Another is to use a portion of the video to challenge a witness if their story changes during a trial, as it has a greater impact seeing the witness say something else than reading the transcript of the deposition. Videos can be reviewed more than once for more clarity.
Videotaping a deposition can be a great resource for expert testimonies– as it saves the expert’s time if they have conflicts getting to court, but still allows the court to see and hear the expert’s testimony.
Are deposition videographers certified?
No. Some states require a deposition videographer to be “authorized to administer an oath,” which means they should be a notary, court reporter, court bailiff, or something of the sort. If a videographer advertises themselves as “certified,” it is likely accquired through a purchase or minimal paperwork. It has no connection with the government and does not imbue legal status, so it is no indication of the videographer’s qualifications.
Can deposition video be used instead of live testimony?
This is only allowed if both sides and the judge agree to it, but most laws require a witness to be present in court if they are available. The law is more relaxed for expert witnesses, as they can be excused with a video deposition in their place.
How should a witness prepare for their video deposition?
The general process of preparing your speech is still the same, but there are a few presentation issues witnesses should be aware of. A few common mistakes include: wearing shirts with busy patterns, as they can be warped and distracting on camera; avoid overly shiny jewelry and jewelry that may cause interference with the lavaliere microphone if brushed.
Witnesses should sit with proper posture, avoid rocking their chair or fidgeting too much, as it can appear unintelligent or even suspicious looking to some. Witnesses should avoid muttering under their breaths, clicking pens, or doing anything that could cause excess noise, as the microphone will pick it all up.
What is deposition synchronizing?
Synchronizing is the process of lining up the deposition video file with the transcript, so the transcript appears on screen as captions. The occurs after the deposition has taken place, and is done using a playback software. It allows viewers more clarity of what was said and when it was said, and allows for easier retrieval of clips when attorneys and paralegals need them. It is an important aspect of the legal videography process.
3242 West Henderson Rd. Suite A, Columbus, OH 43220
Henderson Park Offices
Columbus, Ohio Court Reporting and Legal News
Credit: First Legal Anderson Reporting is pleased to announce our new deposition scheduling checklist. At times, attorneys and paralegals may be uncertain as to what exactly they should submit when scheduling a court reporting service. This scheduling checklist...
Anderson Reporting is pleased to announce the newest addition to our “Areas of Practice” page– “Tax Law." Being that the area of practice effects each and every American, it is important that the practicing attorneys have a litigation team that fully understands the...
Anderson Reporting is pleased to announce the newest addition to our “Areas of Practice” page– “Sports and Entertainment Law.” As such a diverse field, it is crucial attorneys book a court reporter or litigation professional that is entirely competent in their field....
Anderson Reporting is pleased to announce the newest addition to our “Areas of Practice” page– "Real Estate Law." Attorneys and paralegals in this field cover a wide breadth of topics-- from renters, to businesses, to families buying a home-- and it is important they...
Anderson Reporting is pleased to announce the newest addition to our “Areas of Practice” page– “International Law." Attorneys and paralegals within the demanding area of practice deserve court reporting professionals who are not only timely, accurate, and efficient,...
Anderson Reporting is pleased to announce the newest addition to our “Areas of Practice” page– “Intellectual Property.” Artists and inventors deserve each penny they make from the products they produce. Be it a book or a phone case, the creator worked hard to design a...