Remote VS In-Person Depositions








Know Some Major Differences About Remote and In-Person Deposition Preparation

Depositions are an incredibly valuable step attorneys should take during their case to gather a complete profile of facts and testimonies. Court reporters are utilized during a deposition to record all questions and answers in a transcript attorneys can analyze at a later date.

Because they usually occur at a legal office or in a conference room, attorneys are having to get creative due to the global health crisis– leading them to turn to remote depositions. They serve the same purpose as an in-person deposition from the safety of one’s home, but attorneys should be aware of key preparation differences when getting their team ready for a remote deposition. Learn about these differences by reading the sections below.

Preparing for Remote Depositions

  • Inform everyone involved ahead of time that you wish to conduct a remote deposition.
  • Share all necessary documents and exhibits with all parties– including the opposing counsel and court reporter.
  • Make sure you have a working webcam and microphone (either built-in or external).
  • Create a clean and professional background.
  • Limit any background noise as possible.
  • Wear professional attire.
  • To ensure everyone is heard, speak slowly, clearly, and do not speak over another person.

Preparing for In-Person Depositions

  • Book a meeting space ahead of time.
  • Reserve any necessary equipment at least 48 hours ahead of time.
  • Take into account any travel time and expenses.
  • Arrive at the meeting space early.
  • Dress for court

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