Two years ago, many meetings, conferences, and legal proceedings that used to be conducted in person only were abruptly moved online. After the initial strangeness faded, people began to realize that virtual conferencing is just as effective as in-person meetings used to be. Video calls are often easier to schedule as no commute is required, and more people can be included as their global location is no longer a barrier. As the world settles back into pre-2020 rhythms, it appears that some things are staying online—including depositions.
While there may be times that it’s more convenient or appropriate to conduct depositions in person, video conferencing makes it easier than ever to meet with the people you need to while in discovery. Continue reading to learn more about the value of virtual depositions, as well as how you can best prepare for them.
Can Witnesses Legally Testify in Virtual Deposition?
Just like an in-person deposition, witnesses need to be sworn in before their testimony can be recorded. When you use a reputable firm like Legal Media Experts, we’ll take care of the swearing-in remotely by asking the witness to enter a statement on the record, then produce a government-issued ID and hold it to the camera for all participants to see. After this takes place, the proceedings can begin.
How Can I Share Documents or Exhibits?
Be sure to have all documentation marked in advance. You can share it directly with Legal Media Experts, who will ensure that it’s ready to go for the video call. During the call, the court reporter will share the information as it comes up using the screen share option. This ensures that everyone on the call can see what is being presented, and it means that you don’t have to worry about the technological side of things.
What if We Need an Interpreter?
Never fear—Legal Media Experts can assign an interpreter for the call. Just like all other participants, the interpreter will appear remotely and will translate verbally as they would in a live setting.
How Should I Prepare?
The single most important thing for you to do before a virtual deposition is to ensure that you can connect to the virtual conferencing platform and that your internet connection is stable and fast. After all, if you’re not able to connect to the scheduled call, all of your preparation won’t be worth much. Plan to show up in the virtual waiting room early so that you’ll have plenty of time to deal with any technical issues that may arise well before the deposition is scheduled to start.
Ensure that your background is free of distractions. If you’re able to blur your background, so much the better. The key is to keep the focus on the subject at hand. If you’re advising the deponent, be sure that their background is also “sanitized” and free from personal effects.