Tips for a Successful Deposition

Tips for a Successful Deposition


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.

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