Remote v.s. In-Person Depositions
While not legally necessary, depositions are an incredibly valuable step in the course of law. Attorneys use depositions as a way to gather a complete profile of facts and testimonies before the trial. Court reporters record the questions and answers in a transcript attorneys use for analysis at a later date.
Depositions usually occur at a legal office, but with large gatherings advised against due to the global health crisis, more and more legal professionals are turning to remote depositions. Remote depositions serve the same purpose as in-person depositions, just from the safety of one’s home, but there are some key differences to keep in mind when preparing for your deposition.
Preparing for Remote Depositions
- Inform all parties beforehand that you would like to conduct a remote deposition.
- Share all documents and exhibits with everyone involved (opposing counsel and court reporter included).
- Use a device with a built-in webcam and microphone, or use an external webcam/microphone.
- Make sure your background is as clean and professional as possible.
- Wear professional attire.
- Limit excess background noise.
- Speak slowly and clearly, and do not speak over another person to ensure everyone is heard.
Preparing for In-Person Depositions
- Book your meeting space ahead of time.
- Reserve any necessary equipment ahead of time.
- Take into account any travel time and expenses.
- Arrive at the meeting space early.
- Dress for court
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