Case Study: Help! We need to schedule a deposition in Belgium

When it comes to international depositions, we have seen and done it all. With our new
video series, Optima Juris at Work, members of our team will feature depositions we have successfully arranged around the world. In this episode, Sheree Martin, Global Deposition Assistant, highlights a law firm’s challenge and how our deposition services helped deliver a hassle-free deposition in Belgium.

Interview Highlights with Sheree Martin

How did the client contact us for the deposition in Belgium?
Our client contacted us about two-weeks prior to the deposition taking place, via our online web form on This particular job was really exciting for us, because we had a short period of time to put together a deposition that was going to last five-days with a weekend break.
What services did our client need for the deposition in Ghent, Belgium?
For this deposition we provided a local court reporter and an interpreter. We were able to find both the court reporter and interpreter locally that took the train in from Amsterdam. Also, this particular deposition had a weekend break, and having the deposition team local saved on costs because the providers were able to return home and come back on the Monday after to resume their services. This saved our clients on travel fees, accommodations and meals.
Are their any restrictions conducting a deposition in Belgium?
Taking U.S. depositions in Belgium is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in Belgium without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.
Why did the client decide to go with Optima Juris?
Optima Juris is the first and only U.S. agency exclusively dedicated to organizing international depositions, and we have been doing so for over 17 years. This gave the client a lot of confidence in us to handle their depositions without any hiccups. We are able to manage any tricky logistics in a timely manner, and the cost savings we are able to pass on to our clients is just invaluable.
Was the client happy with the deposition services we provided?
Our client was really pleased with how everything turned out. It went off without a hitch, our local court reporter and interpreter showed up on time, and our deposition team worked very professionally. We were able to turn around and deliver the rough draft and transcripts as requested. Overall, the client was really happy with our services.

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