International Depositions: What are your options?

International Depositions: What are Your Options? (Updated 2017)

Thanks to much better Internet connectivity worldwide and the rise of web-based video conferencing programs, many new options have arisen for conducting international depositions. Although it is always best (and highly recommended) to have all parties present with the witness for the most reliable and clearest record, there are several different cost effective approaches that can also be taken.

Below we have put together a quick reference guide of different options for international depositions along with their advantages and drawbacks.

Everyone Physically Present
ADVANTAGES
DRAWBACKS
Everyone Physically Present Deposition
$$$

Attorneys, court reporter, videographer, & interpreter travel to the location of the witness

  • Ideal scenario
  • Clearest record
  • No technical issues
  • Travel costs

Videoconference Facility
ADVANTAGES
DRAWBACKS
Videoconference Facility Deposition
$$

Attorneys participate remotely at a videconference facility

Court reporter, videographer, & interpreter should be with the witness.

  • Not everyone has to travel
  • Most reliable remote connection
  • Attorneys can see the witness
  • Facility hourly rate
  • Needs to be tested in advance

Telephonic Deposition
ADVANTAGES
DRAWBACKS
Telephonic Depositions
$

Attorneys participate via telephone

Court reporter, videographer, & interpreter should be with the witness.

  • Not everyone has to travel
  • Cost effective
  • Works in areas with poor Internet
  • Attorneys will not be able to see the witness

Optima Juris DepoAnywhere™
ADVANTAGES
DRAWBACKS
Optima Juris DepoAnywhere
$

Attorneys participate via a web-based videoconferencing solution that connects on any device

Court reporter, videographer, & interpreter should be with the witness.

  • Not everyone has to travel
  • Cost-effective
  • Attorneys can see the witness
  • Backup telephone dial-in feature
  • Optima Juris personnel monitors your connection and provides realtime help
  • Lost connection, pauses, and/or interruptions due to network issues

For the best and clearest record we always recommend that the Court Reporter, Videographer and Interpreter be physically present with the witness.

Please contact us and we would be happy to discuss which solution is best for you based on your requirements and budget!

About Optima Juris

Optima Juris is the only U.S. agency exclusively dedicated to international depositions. We have been helping law offices across the globe find the highest-quality certified court reporters, legal videographers, and interpreters for over 17 years. If you should have any questions about international depositions, please do not hesitate to contact us or fill out a free quote to see how we can make your international deposition a complete success.

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Ian Hardy

President/Global Deposition Expert at Optima Juris
Ian Hardy is an internationally-recognized Global Deposition Expert and President of Optima Juris, the world’s first and only agency exclusively specialized in deposition services for U.S. legal matters abroad. With over 15 years of experience organizing depositions throughout Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and Oceania, Ian now brings his know-how directly to the legal community.

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.

Ian is here to help! He wants every member of the legal community to achieve success when setting-up a depo in today’s rapidly globalizing world. So don’t be shy: get in touch with him today!
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