May 26, 2021

4 Reasons Why Videotaping a Deposition Is Necessary

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: Remote Deposition

Videotaped Deposition

More and more attorneys include videotaped depositions to solidify their cases and make it easier for people to testify. A videotaped deposition provides a level of accuracy that is rarely achieved through a simple interview. Videotapes are as valuable as if the person had been giving their testimony in the courtroom.

The following are the four reasons why videotaped deposition is necessary.

  1. Fast and Accurate Way to Collect Testimony

    Videotaped depositions allow attorneys to collect testimony quickly and efficiently. Videotaping depositions enable individuals to be interviewed no matter where they are located. If a witness is several states away from where a trial is being held, a videotaped deposition eliminates the need for them to travel to the court. A videotaped deposition is performed in a controlled environment which allows the attorney to control the speed at which the interview progresses

  2. May Reveal Relevant Elements to the Case

    During a videotaped deposition, individuals may reveal elements that are relevant to the case. It can be difficult to capture all of the small nuances if it’s an in-person deposition. Videotaped depositions can be viewed repeatedly to make sure every bit of testimony can be reviewed.

  3. Gives the Person Being Deposed a Sense of Security

    In some cases, especially when dealing with small children or individuals who have been traumatized, a video deposition can add a sense of security. Witnesses can feel comfortable enough to speak freely and provide the testimony needed to win a case. People who have severe anxiety or who are distracted can also give their testimony more effectively.

  4. Can Add the Final Piece to a Case

    Because of how videotaped depositions are performed, the individual who is being deposed may feel comfortable enough to provide the last bit of information that an attorney needs to wrap up their case. Not every case is airtight. Deposing a witness using videotape may give an attorney more information than they thought they would have. There may be times when an attorney has the final piece of the puzzle but doesn’t realize it until they review the videotape.

At Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters, videotaped depositions can be extremely effective at helping attorneys win their cases. If you are curious about how a videotaped deposition can help your case, contact the professional staff at Jilio-Ryan. We can discuss your options with you and let you decide if a videotaped deposition is what you need.

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