Essential Info for International Depo Complete List of Department of State Links

If You’re Organizing an International Depo, Make Sure You Read This Article!

The most essential first step in organizing any international depo is to find out the legality of holding a U.S. deposition in that country. The U.S. Department of State website is a great resource for finding out this information and can give you a quick overview of the official rules on taking testimony of willing witnesses in specific countries. We have included links to every country page on the U.S. Department of State website below. This is a complete and comprehensive list that will save you from wasting hours on the U.S. Department of State website. Be sure to bookmark this page so you can come back to it when needed.

If you can’t find your country, that doesn’t mean there are no rules or regulations about taking depositions for foreign courts. And if your country says there is no way to take a deposition, that doesn’t mean it is impossible to get the testimony you need.  After learning a little bit more about the official rules, contact us for more insider tips and advice on how we can make your international deposition happen as smoothly and seamlessly as possible.

U.S. Department of State Links

Click on the country name to be taken to the U.S. Department of State page. Don’t forget to check out the additional info links for extra goodies.

Country Hague Evidence Convention? Additional Info
Argentina Yes
Belgium No Deposing a Willing Witness in Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina Yes
Brazil No* Options for Deposing a Witness in Brazil
Cabo Verde (formerly Cape Verde) No
Canada No Deposing a Witness in Canada
Chile No
China Yes The Insider’s Guide to Depositions in China
Colombia Yes
Croatia Yes
Cyprus Yes
Czech Republic Yes
Denmark Yes
Ecuador No
El Salvador No
Fiji No
Finland Yes How to Depose Willing Witnesses in Finland
France Yes
Germany Yes 3 Key Factors for a Successful Deposition in Germany
Greece Yes Depositions in Greece: Taking Testimony of Willing Witnesses
Guatemala No
Honduras No
Hong Kong Yes Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Hong Kong
India Yes Organizing a U.S. Deposition in India
Indonesia No
Ireland No
Israel Yes Taking Deposition of Willing Witnesses in Israel
Italy Yes
Japan No Taking Voluntary Deposition of Willing Witnesses in Japan
Jordan No
Kuwait Yes Depositions in Kuwait: What You Can and Can’t Do.
Luxembourg Yes
Malaysia No
Mexico Yes Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Mexico
Netherlands Yes
New Zealand No Deposing a Willing Witness in New Zealand
North Korea No
Norway Yes
Pakistan No
Panama No
Paraguay No
Peru No
Philippines No Deposing a Willing Witness in the Philippines
Portugal Yes
Russia No**
Serbia Yes
Singapore Yes
Slovakia Yes
Slovenia Yes
South Korea Yes
Spain Yes Deposing a Witness in Spain: What You Need to Know
Sweden Yes
Switzerland Yes
Taiwan No
Thailand No Can I Depose a Willing Witness in Thailand
Turkey Yes Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Turkey
Ukraine Yes
United Kingdom (England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland) Yes 4 Easy Tips for Depositions in England
Uruguay No

* The United States has not accepted Brazil’s accession to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters.

** The United States has not accepted the Russian Federation’s accession to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters because the Russian Federation did not name a central authority at the time of its accession, and did not make any specific declarations or reservations regarding methods of obtaining evidence.

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Kimberlee Castro

Kimberlee Castro

Global Deposition Expert at Optima Juris
Kimberlee Castro has over 14 years of experience in the legal industry and is currently a Global Deposition Expert with Optima Juris. As a certified court reporter herself, Kimberlee offers a unique and original viewpoint for solving complex deposition logistics abroad. Always staying on top of the latest trends and topics, Kimberlee has the most up-to-date information and data on setting up a deposition for every region of the world. Kimberlee is personally available to answer any of your questions and will make setting up your deposition, arbitration, or hearing a much more manageable process. With her friendly and personable attitude, Kimberlee is the perfect liaison to handle all the complexities that come along with an international proceeding! Let her show you how easy she can make it.
Kimberlee Castro