September 13, 2021
Legal depositions, either in-person or remote, must be conducted using specific protocols. There are several elements that must be included to ensure that a deposition meets the criteria required to comply with legal standards. Many of these remote deposition protocols are essential to ensure that each deposition not only accomplishes the intended goal but is conducted fairly and judiciously.
One of the most important remote deposition protocols is to make sure that both parties agree on the scope and purpose of the deposition. Before the deposition begins, it must be made clear to both sides what information is to be gained and how it will be collected and used once it has been obtained.
A well-written remote deposition protocol will also address any concerns that either party may have concerning the meeting. It also details any information or evidence the deposition will garner to support the case at hand. All questions should be answered before the preparations are made for the deposition.
The remote deposition protocol will also detail any technology and tools/equipment used to record the deposition. This will include any cameras or audio recording equipment used during the recording of the remote deposition. It needs to be understood who will be providing what items of technology and who will be in charge of operating the equipment.
Anytime a remote deposition is being recorded, the court reporter will state the date, time, their name, and the reason the proceeding is required. Once this is completed, the “on-the-record” testimony begins and will move forward until a recess is called or the deposition is complete.
It is up to the administrator overseeing the deposition to explain in detail how exhibits, documents, and various other forms of evidence are to be presented, documented, and displayed. This is extremely important so that evidence is not lost, misplaced, or misused.
When planning an online deposition, you must determine how the event will be recorded. Audio, video, audio and visual, or streaming live are all possible. In most cases, a written and digital copy will be created so that each party can have a backup copy for their records.
Maintaining strong online deposition protocols for working remotely is important if you expect your projects to have integrity. They must be able to stand the test of time and be as accurate and versatile as possible. At Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters, we can help you achieve those goals.