To have a successful deposition, it is always crucial to understand all the: who’s, what’s, and when’s.
Before the Deposition
It is important to determine what is needed for the deposition:
- Will you need a videographer?
- Will you need an interpreter?
- Is video conference a necessity for the case?
- If yes, do you need portable video conference in order to reach multiple parties at multiple locations at once?
Additionally, it is key to understand what Court Reporter is best for you.
- For instance, will the deposition benefit from a Real-Time Reporter?
By asking these questions and determining what is needed, it will lead to one step closer in having a successful deposition.
During the Deposition
During a deposition, it is vital for the Court Reporter to play their part properly and accordingly.
- A Court Reporter should arrive at least 30 minutes early. It will help ease the minds of the attorneys about a no-show or a cancellation.
- It is important to make sure all equipment for the deposition is working correctly.
Attorneys and Court Reporters can help each other to meet the goals of obtaining a positive deposition experience.
- During breaks, attorneys can inform court reporters of correct spellings or court reporters can double check with attorneys for correct spellings of names and locations.
After the Deposition
Once a deposition has been visited and the record has been taken down, it is crucial to finishing up the loose ends that will result in a final draft of a transcript. With that being the final item to cross off, it is important to understand certain issues:
- It is good to communicate and inform all those involved what format is desired for the final transcript.
- It is also important to know the level of urgency that is needed for completing the transcript.
It is always crucial to have a short turnaround time of 10 days or sooner. If an attorney is requiring the transcripts to be sooner than later, it is good to have an expediting option.
- By everyone being informed about the deadline for the final transcripts, it creates a mutual understanding of what is to be expected in the upcoming days.
Overall, by knowing what is needed in a deposition and by stating what is wanted, it provides a clear understanding what the goals are for this particular deposition, thus ultimately leading to a satisfying deposition experience.