Case Study: What happens when you mix a deposition in India and a volcano erupting in Iceland?

When it comes time to moving forward and scheduling a deposition abroad, the goal is to have everything planned and ready far in advance to protect you against any unforeseen problems. However, there are some events that you just can’t plan for – mother nature. When a volcano erupted in Iceland, it caused havoc on airline travel completely changing our client’s plans for their scheduled depo. Here’s how we helped with their challenge.


A Canadian firm needed help preparing for a deposition in India when a natural disaster occurred right before the depo was scheduled and caused havoc on air travel.


We acted immediately, mobilizing one of our UK-based court reporters to take the record over the phone. For added assurance of a crystal-clear audio backup, we provided a local sound engineer for free. Our local deposition interpreter provided flawless interpretation for the witnesses from Hindi to English. Result: a perfect success for our client.

Helpful Tips: What you need to know before arranging a deposition in India

Taking voluntary depositions of U.S. citizens in India can be conducted without any special permissions. However, voluntary depositions of Indian or Third Country Nationals will require prior permission form the Indian Central Authority.
All U.S. citizens traveling to India will need to apply for a business visa before travel. To get a business visa you will need a Letter of Invitation from an Indian law firm or Indian company. Optima Juris has over 17 years scheduling depositions in India and would love to help you through the process please contact us for more information.
Once approved, depositions in India can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.
Feel free to visit our International Deposition Blog posts and videos particularly concerning ‘Administering the Oath’.
Need to schedule a deposition in a different country? Please visit our YouTube video playlists, ‘International Deposition Tip Series’.

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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