Luckily, depositions of willing witnesses in Kuwait are pretty straight forward and usually do not require any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the latest official info on taking depos in Kuwait, taken from the U.S. Department of State website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/Kuwait.html:
Voluntary depositions may be conducted in Kuwait regardless of the nationality of the witness, provided no compulsion is used. No advance permission from the Kuwait Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention is required. Telephone depositions and video teleconference testimony are possible in Kuwait if the deponent agrees to do so voluntarily, but generally requires that U.S. litigants work with a Kuwaiti law firm to make the arrangements. Oral depositions or depositions on written questions may be taken by U.S. consular officers. If the services of a U.S. consular officer are required to administer an oath to the witness, interpreter and stenographer, such arrangements must be made in advance with the U.S. Embassy directly.
Here at Optima Juris, we arrange depositions in Kuwait regularly, with a 100% success rate. Our court reporters and legal videographers are seasoned professionals who are used to working in Kuwait. Please feel free to contact us or visit our informational quote request page about Kuwait for further details!
Ian’s experience and expertise has made him the go-to source for understanding the issues and requirements for successfully arranging depositions outside of the U.S. As a valuable and active member of the international legal community, Ian regularly gives talks to law firms, domestic reporting agencies, and in-house legal departments on how to successfully set up and conduct legal depositions globally.
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