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.
* 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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