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International Depo Tips: Depositions in Italy, Can They Happen?

Karen Fahr / November 16, 2018

It’s that time again. In this segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris, Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, shares the rules and regulations for setting up a U.S. deposition in Italy. If you are planning a deposition in Italy you will want to watch this video for tips on how to get started. Basics for […]

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The Definitive FAQ for Taking U.S. Depositions Abroad Part I (Updated 2018)

Ian Hardy / October 12, 2018

Optima Juris has over 18 years of experience organizing depositions in foreign countries for U.S. attorneys and law firms. As the only American agency exclusively dedicated to providing deposition services abroad, we have compiled a list of the most frequently asked questions we receive from our clients. So, please read on, enjoy, and should you […]

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Optima Juris | Countdown to 18

Our Birthday Countdown Has Begun

Catherine Beeny / September 5, 2018

Optima Juris is turning 18 on September 28!  That means 18 years of being the first and only firm exclusively dedicated to setting up international depositions around the world. To celebrate, we are starting a birthday countdown on Monday for everyone to enjoy.  Each day we will have a new video, trivia, entertaining fact, or […]

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A Regional Guide to Depositions in Oceania (Updated 2018)

Ian Hardy / August 21, 2018

Here are Optima Juris we are pros at scheduling depositions in Oceania.  In our 18 years of organizing depositions outside the U.S., we have compiled a wealth of essential details, insider information, and first-hand tips.   Take a look at our regional guide for practical advice on what to expect when dealing with depositions in Oceania. […]

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The only guide you need for setting up a depo in the Netherlands

Catherine Beeny / July 13, 2018

Need to set up a deposition in the Netherlands? Look no further!   The International Depo Guide for the Netherlands is a 6-page PDF that covers frequently asked questions, tips on how to swear in a witness abroad, best options for deposing a witness remotely, a user-friendly checklist, and travel tips. Optima Juris’ International Deposition […]

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Everything you need for setting up a depo in Australia

Catherine Beeny / June 13, 2018

We have the perfect tool for legal professionals looking to set up a deposition in Australia. The International Depo Guide for Australia covers frequently asked questions, tips on how to swear in a witness abroad, best options for deposing a witness remotely, a user-friendly checklist, and travel tips. Optima Juris’ International Deposition Guide for Australia […]

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Setting Up a Deposition in Singapore: International Deposition Tips

Setting Up a Deposition in Singapore: International Deposition Tips (Updated 2018)

Catherine Beeny / May 10, 2018

We are back for another segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris. Today, Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, walks you through the legalities for setting up a U.S. deposition in Singapore. If you are a lawyer, paralegal, or legal professional looking to organize a deposition in Singapore, you will want to watch this video. Takeaway […]

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Taking Voluntary Deposition of Willing Witnesses in Mexico

Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Mexico (Updated 2018)

Ian Hardy / March 21, 2018

Can you depose a willing witness in Mexico? Yes, taking U.S. depositions in Mexico is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in Mexico without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is what the U.S. Department of State website has to say about taking depositions in Mexico https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/Mexico.html: Voluntary depositions […]

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Attorneys, Legal Secretaries and Paralegals Rejoice: Optima Juris Releases 'International Depo Guide: How to Schedule a Deposition in Germany'

Catherine Beeny / February 21, 2018

This is the first PDF in a series of country-specific guides that will provide legal professionals with essential information on organizing a deposition outside of the U.S. Optima Juris, the international deposition leader for the past 18 years, today released the “International Depo Guide: How to Schedule a Deposition in Germany,” a six-page PDF that provides […]

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The Exciting Career of Court Reporting & Captioning (Infographic)

Karen Fahr / February 14, 2018

The 6th annual National Court Reporting and Captioning Week is here, and Optima Juris is excited to help spread the word about these amazing careers. We put together a simple infographic, so you can discover more about the field of court reporting and what it can offer. Highlights What is the employment outlook for court […]

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What’s the outlook for court reporting in 2018

What’s the outlook for court reporting in 2018? Get the scoop with Optima Juris’ Live Coverage of the NCRA Firm Owners Conference Jan 28-30

Catherine Beeny / January 17, 2018

Optima Juris President and Founder, Ian Hardy is headed to the NCRA Firm Owners Conference January 28-30 in St. Pete Beach, Florida, and will be bringing you live coverage of conference highlights and events. You don’t want to miss this exclusive access and the chance to learn from industry leaders about what’s in store for […]

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Happy Holidays from everyone at Optima Juris

Take time for a laugh break with the Optima Juris team

Karen Fahr / December 20, 2017

Take time for a laugh break with the Optima Juris team and see how they answered the most important holiday questions! May your holiday be filled with joy and laughter. Warmest wishes from the entire Optima Juris team! About Optima Juris Optima Juris is the only U.S. agency exclusively dedicated to international depositions. We have […]

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Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Israel (Updated 2017)

Ian Hardy / December 13, 2017

Israel is a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention, which in general, means you can depose willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the latest official info on taking depos in Israel, taken from the U.S. Department of State website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/Israel.html: Voluntary depositions of willing U.S. citizen witnesses may […]

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Optima Juris Revamps CourtReporterIndia.com

Optima Juris Revamps CourtReporterIndia.com! Helping Legal Professionals Access Reliable Info on Setting Up Depositions in India.

Karen Fahr / September 21, 2017

Optima Juris is inviting visitors to explore its newly revamped website courtreporterindia.com. The new website has been designed to provide the ultimate user-friendly experience with improved navigation and functionality throughout, allowing clients to access detailed information and videos on how to set up a deposition in India. Optima Juris’ newly refurbished website, courtreporterindia.com, offers lawyers, […]

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Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in India (Updated 2017)

Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in India (Updated 2017)

Ian Hardy / September 19, 2017

Here is the latest official info on taking depos in India, taken from the U.S. Department of State website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/India.html Voluntary depositions may be conducted in India of U.S. citizens without permission of the Indian Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention. Voluntary depositions of Indian nationals and third country nationals require prior permission of […]

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Recap 2017 NCRA

Recap: 2017 NCRA Convention & International Depositions 101

Karen Fahr / August 19, 2017

We’ve returned from the 2017 NCRA Convention and Expo to share all the memorable moments of the weekend. Ian Hardy and Karen Fahr covered the entire event with real-time tweets, pictures, and Facebook Live videos, as events were happening. In case you missed any of the action, here is a recap of the 2017 NCRA […]

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Middle East Depositions

NCRA Convention Countdown: Top 5 Region-Themed Hotels in Vegas, #2 Luxor

Karen Fahr / August 8, 2017

We are almost to the number one spot! In the runners-up position at number 2 of the top 5 country themed hotels in Las Vegas we have the Egyptian themed hotel and casino, Luxor. #5 ASIA DEPOSITIONS: Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas #4 CARIBBEAN DEPOSITIONS: Tropicana, Las Vegas #3 OCEANIA DEPOSITIONS: The Mirage, Las Vegas #2 […]

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Recap: BIVR Awareness Weekend in London

Karen Fahr / August 2, 2017

The 2017 BIVR Awareness Weekend was a huge success! Kimberlee Castro, CSR and Optima Juris’ Director of Scheduling, covered the entire event with real-time updates, pictures, and videos, as events were happening.  In case you missed Kimberlee’s extensive live coverage here is a recap of the BIVR Awareness Weekend’s presentations and outings. Day One: A Lesson in Legal London History – from […]

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What happens in Vegas gets covered live by Optima Juris

What happens in Vegas gets covered live by Optima Juris

Karen Fahr / August 1, 2017

Optima Juris will be attending the NCRA Convention and Expo in Las Vegas August 10-13 and broadcasting all the action live on their social media outlets Join Optima Juris and thousands of court reporting professionals from around the country as they participate in the 2017 NCRA Convention & Expo in Las Vegas, August 10-13, 2017. […]

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It's Here: An Innovative New Resource for International Depositions, courtreporterengland.com

It's Here: An Innovative New Resource for International Depositions, courtreporterengland.com

Catherine Beeny / July 27, 2017

Legal professionals now have access to quick and reliable information on setting up a deposition in England when they need it.   Optima Juris, the leader in international deposition services, is excited to unveil its latest country-specific website, courtreporterengland.com. This new online resource is the easiest way for a legal professional to get essential and […]

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Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in England

Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in England (Updated 2017)

Ian Hardy / July 18, 2017

England is a popular locale for U.S. depositions and luckily it is one of the easiest places to schedule a deposition. As a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention, in general, you can depose willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of […]

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Depositions in China - Are they possible?

Depositions in China: Are they possible? (Updated 2017)

Ian Hardy / July 6, 2017

Handling depositions in China can be a little tricky.  Even though China is member of the Hague Convention, it does not permit the taking of depositions or witness statements (even from willing witnesses) in China for use in foreign courts. Beyond being merely frowned upon, participation in unauthorized depositions can result in serious sanctions, from […]

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International Depositions: What are your options?

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

Ian Hardy / June 28, 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 […]

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Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Hong Kong (Updated 2017)

Ian Hardy / June 26, 2017

Optima Juris covers depositions and arbitrations in Hong Kong all the time! Below, please find the latest official info on taking depos in Hong Kong, taken from the U.S. Department of State website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/HongKong.html : In Hong Kong, most voluntary depositions are taken in hotels and offices and do not involve participation by the U.S. […]

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New Website Alert: CourtReportingHongKong.com by Optima Juris

New Website Streamlines Process of Organizing Depositions in Hong Kong

Karen Fahr / June 14, 2017

Optima Juris, the International Deposition Agency, invites users to explore their latest website, tailor-made for the busy legal professional of today. CourtReportingHongKong.com helps attorneys set up depositions in Hong Kong by providing a one-stop source for practical instructions, videos, insider tips, advice, and travel information. Following up on the success of CourtReporterGermany.com, Optima Juris, the […]

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

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

Karen Fahr / May 31, 2017

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 […]

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Just Launched Court Reporter Germany by Optima Juris

Just Launched: Court Reporter Germany (courtreportergermany.com), by Optima Juris

Karen Fahr / May 5, 2017

This exclusive website is tailor-made for the busy legal professional of today, offering the most comprehensive instructions, videos, insider tips, advice, and travel information available for depositions in Germany Optima Juris, the international deposition leader for the past 17 years, continues to innovate the global deposition market with its groundbreaking launch of courtreportergermany.com. This one-of-a-kind […]

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Depositions in Japan – International Deposition Tips

Depositions in Japan – International Deposition Tips

Catherine Beeny / March 30, 2017

Japan has a few rules and restrictions on taking U.S. depositions in their country, but we have successfully set up depositions in Japan many times and we are here to help.  Our amazing Director of Scheduling and CSR, Kimberlee Castro, walks you through what you need to do to set up a U.S. deposition in Japan. Takeaway […]

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Depositions in Taiwan: International Deposition Tips

Catherine Beeny / February 8, 2017

Do you need to set up a deposition in Taiwan? Ian Hardy, CEO & President of Optima Juris, explains how to get started. If you are a lawyer, paralegal, or legal professional looking to organize a deposition in Taiwan, you will want to watch this video. Takeaway Tips In general, you can depose willing witnesses […]

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Become a part of the Optima Juris family

Become a part of the Optima Juris family

Catherine Beeny / February 3, 2017

Here at Optima Juris we specialize in one thing and one thing only, international depositions. Headed by court reporters and legal videographers, our company is run like a family instead of a big corporation. We have a great opportunity for court reporters and legal videographers looking to work and live abroad. Please contact us to find […]

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How to set up a deposition in Sweden

How to Set Up a Deposition in Sweden: International Depo Tips

Catherine Beeny / January 11, 2017

Looking to set up a deposition in Sweden for a U.S. court case? Want to know what you can and can’t do?  Our amazing Director of Scheduling and CSR, Kimberlee Castro, walks you through the legalities for how to set up a U.S. deposition in Sweden. Takeaway Tips Depositions in Sweden are allowed, regardless of the nationality […]

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Happy Holidays from Optima Juris

Karen Fahr / December 21, 2016

We would like to take a moment to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and a happy and healthy new year! We are thankful for the many relationships we have with you and the continued support you show us. We are looking forward to another year of helping our clients find exceptional depositions services around […]

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International Deposition Tips: Deposition in Australia

International Deposition Tips: Depos in Australia

Catherine Beeny / November 23, 2016

In this segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris, Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, walks you through the legalities for setting up a U.S. deposition in Australia. If you are a lawyer, paralegal, or legal professional looking to organize a deposition in Australia, you will want to watch this video. Quick Reference: U.S. […]

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International Deposition Tips: Depos in Hong Kong

International Deposition Tips: Depos in Hong Kong

Karen Fahr / November 11, 2016

International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris is back! This week, Kimberlee Castro, Director of Scheduling and Global Deposition Expert, shares her helpful tips and knowledge on setting up a U.S. deposition in Hong Kong. If you need to organize a deposition in Hong Kong, you will want to hear what Kimberlee has to say. About Optima […]

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STARCON16 Day 1 Recap

STARCON16 Day 1 Recap

Catherine Beeny / November 7, 2016

He came, he saw, and he learned so much!  Optima Juris CEO and President, Ian Hardy, is back from STARCON16 after days of seminars and insight on technology and the court reporting industry.  In case you missed Ian’s extensive live coverage here is a recap of the Day 1 happenings. Creating a Culture of Gratitude, presented by Pat Carl & Ruth McCurdy The legal industry can be one of the most stressful industries around […]

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International Depositions Tips: Depos in China

International Deposition Tips: Depos in China

Karen Fahr / October 26, 2016

It’s time for another segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris. Kimberlee Castro, Director of Scheduling and Global Deposition Expert, explains the rules and regulations for setting up a U.S. deposition in China. If you are a lawyer, paralegal, or legal professional looking to organize a deposition in China, you will want to watch this […]

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Live Coverage of STARCON16

Live Coverage of STARCON16

Catherine Beeny / October 13, 2016

Are you ready for STARCON16?  This not-to-be-missed conference, hosted by the Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting (STAR),  brings together the best minds in the court reporting industry for robust seminars and workshops on the development and advancement of technology.  As the driving force behind state-of-the-art court reporting technology, STAR provides a platform for members to present their ideas to product manufacturers in one united voice. And you can be […]

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International Deposition Tips: How to Swear in a Witness Abroad

International Deposition Tips: How to Swear in a Witness Abroad

Karen Fahr / October 5, 2016

We are back for another segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris.  In our over fifteen years of experience organizing depositions abroad, the most common question we receive from clients is: We have a foreign witness we need to depose outside the U.S. What should we do to ensure that the oath is administered correctly? Luckily, the […]

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International Deposition Tips: Depos in the UK

Karen Fahr / September 21, 2016

It’s another segment of International Deposition Tips with Optima Juris. This week, Kimberlee Castro, Director of Scheduling and Global Deposition Expert, shares her helpful tips and knowledge on setting up a U.S. deposition in the United Kingdom. This is a must watch for all lawyers, paralegals, and legal professionals looking to organize a deposition in the […]

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International Deposition Tips: First Step to Setting Up a Depo Outside the U.S.

International Deposition Tips: First Step to Setting Up a Depo Outside the U.S.

Catherine Beeny / August 24, 2016

We are very excited to unveil our first video from our brand new video series, International Deposition Tips.  The entire Optima Juris team will be sharing insider tips, advice, guides, and information about international depositions in these quick and easy-to-view videos.  First up we have Optima Juris CEO, Ian Hardy, explaining the first step to […]

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ll the time and organizing one can be a simple, stress-free process. Simply follow these three essential tips and you can have a tidy and successful deposition abroad – benefiting your clients and your bottom line.

International Depositions: 3 Tips Every Organizer Should Know

Karen Fahr / August 2, 2016

Are you ready to pull your hair out trying to figure out how to plan a U.S. depo in another country? Rest assured that international depositions happen all the time and organizing one can be a simple, stress-free process. Simply follow these three essential tips and you can have a tidy and successful deposition abroad – benefiting your clients and your bottom line. Tip 1: Plan ahead Planning an international deposition requires time. We recommended giving yourself a four week leeway.  Of course, it’s […]

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Video: How to Set Up a Deposition in Germany

Video: How to Set Up a Deposition in Germany

Catherine Beeny / July 22, 2016

Global Deposition Expert and Director of Scheduling, Kimberlee Castro, explains how to set up a U.S. deposition in Germany with complete success and minimal stress. Although taking a deposition in Germany can have its challenges,  they are 100% possible and Kimberlee personally helps organize them all the time. About Us Optima Juris has been helping […]

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Case Study: Deposition in France

Case Study: Multi-city, multi-day deposition in France

Kimberlee Castro / July 13, 2016

Here at Optima Juris we absolutely love helping our clients find solutions to difficult or challenging international depositions. We recently had a client who needed our help setting up several depositions with interpreters in two locations in France. Of course, we were more than ready to tackle the project. The Challenge: A pharmaceutical company needed […]

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Brexit not expected to affect US depositions in the United Kingdom

Brexit Not Expected to Affect US Depositions in the United Kingdom

Karen Fahr / June 27, 2016

Just days after Britain voted to leave the European Union and shocked the world, the Brexit vote continues to create havoc on global markets as the value of the pound tumbled. The Bank for International Settlements said there is likely to be a “period of uncertainty and adjustment” in the aftermath of Britain’s decision to […]

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Day One: 2016 NCRA Firm Owners Conference

Day One: 2016 NCRA Firm Owners Conference

Ian Hardy / April 17, 2016

After a long day of travels I have made it to beautiful San Juan, Puerto Rico for the 2016 NCRA Firm Owners Conference. The event, which is designed exclusively for owners and managers of court reporting and captioning firms, is being held for the first time in the Caribbean, and I have zero complaints about […]

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Depositions in Kuwait – What You Can and Can't Do

Ian Hardy / April 16, 2016

Luckily, depositions of willing witnesses in Kuwait are pretty straight forward and usually do not require any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the latest official info on taking depos in Kuwait, taken from the U.S. Department of State website https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/Kuwait.html: Voluntary depositions may be conducted in Kuwait regardless of the nationality […]

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Backstage at the NCRA Firm Owners Conference

Backstage at the NCRA Firm Owners Conference

Catherine Beeny / April 5, 2016

Every year court reporting executives come together to discuss innovation and the future of the court reporting industry at the NCRA Firm Owners Executive Conference. This is one of NCRA’s most prestigious events and the largest gathering of court reporting firm owners and managers in the world. Optima Juris President and Founder, Ian Hardy, will […]

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a day in the life of an international court reporter

Day in the Life of an International Court Reporter

Karen Fahr / February 23, 2016

A typical day for an international court reporter is anything but average. To celebrate the 2016 National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, we asked Walter Chiriboga, our exclusive local court reporter based in Mexico, to give us a peek inside his day. An Assignment Comes In Once I am contacted for a possible deposition taking […]

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Swearing in a Witness Abroad

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Karen Fahr / February 17, 2016

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad. Need More? […]

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Optima Juris 2015 Year in Review

Catherine Beeny / January 19, 2016

It was another fantastic year for Optima Juris with depositions around the world, amazing clients, and lots and lots of fun. Check out what we got up to in 2015. Optima Juris has been helping law offices across the globe find the highest quality certified court reporters, legal videographers, and interpreters for over 15 years. If […]

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Giving to Charities | Optima Juris

Giving to Charities | The True Meaning of the Holiday Season

Catherine Beeny / December 10, 2015

The holidays are here and it is the perfect time to reflect on what this time of year is truly all about. While decorations, festive dinners, and non-stop shopping sprees are icons of the season, connecting with people is at the core of what makes any holiday special. Giving to those in need brings us all […]

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Optima Juris Thanksgiving Facts Infographic

Did You Know? Thanksgiving Fun Facts Infographic

Karen Fahr / November 19, 2015

Thanksgiving is almost here and that means time for family, feasting, watching football, and shopping until you drop. As we here at Optima Juris get prepared to say our thanks for this wonderful year, we thought you might enjoy these fun facts about Thanksgiving.     Optima Juris has been helping law offices across the globe find the […]

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nfographic: Mini Guide to Interpretation for International Depositions

Infographic: Mini Guide to Interpretation for International Depositions

Karen Fahr / October 7, 2015

Interpreters play a huge role in most international depositions.  The right interpreter can be the difference between success and disaster, so it is important to understand interpreting basics.  Here is our mini guide to interpretation for international depositions. Optima Juris has been helping law offices across the globe find the highest quality certified interpreters for […]

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Infographic: Insider's Guide to Depositions in China

Catherine Beeny / September 23, 2015

Are depositions in China possible?  We get asked this question all the time and while it may look impossible, you can get the deposition you need from a witness who resides in China.   Click on the infographic below to see our Insider’s Guide to Depositions in China and feel free to contact us with any questions you may […]

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Infographic: Labor Day Fun Facts

Catherine Beeny / September 7, 2015

Optima Juris would like to celebrate this Labor Day with an appreciative thank you to all the hardworking lawyers, paralegals, secretaries, and countless legal professionals here in the United States and throughout the world. Enjoy the infographic below highlighting a selection of interesting & fun Labor Day facts. We would also like to thank all […]

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Tipping Etiquette for International Depositions

Tipping Etiquette for International Depositions

Catherine Beeny / August 14, 2015

Awareness about the tipping customs in foreign locales can come in handy, especially when traveling for an international deposition.  While it’s difficult to cover the tipping etiquette of all countries in a single post, here are some we think you’ll find useful when budgeting for your next international deposition. AFRICA MOROCCO At restaurants 10% is […]

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Deposition in India

Organizing a U.S. Deposition in India

Kimberlee Castro / July 30, 2015

India is an enormous and varied country with a plenitude of languages, culinary taste and history. As an emerging global powerhouse, India is on track to overtake China as the world’s largest economy by 2030, and projected to grow more than 30 percent in the information technology sector by the end of 2015. As India’s […]

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Top 4th of July Celebrations Around the U.S.

Top 4th of July Celebrations Around the U.S.

Catherine Beeny / July 2, 2015

At Optima Juris we love the 4th of July!  As the only American agency fully dedicated to international depositions, our team is ready to celebrate our U.S. roots in true red, white and blue style. In case you are still deciding where to spend the holiday weekend, we put together this list of the biggest […]

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The Insider’s Guide to Depositions in China

The Insider’s Guide to Depositions in China

Kimberlee Castro / June 3, 2015

China is one of those countries where lots of questions about setting-up a depo frequently pop-up in my inbox.  Although not the friendliest to U.S. depositions taking place on their soil, there are a few ways to get the testimony you need from a witness who resides in China. 1. Basics in China Law Even […]

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3 Key Factors For Successful Depositions in Germany

3 Key Factors For Successful Depositions in Germany

Kimberlee Castro / May 28, 2015

Although organizing depositions in Germany can have its challenges, we have found that by taking the right steps you can be sure to make it a success. Follow these basic guidelines and your next deposition in Germany will run as smoothly as it would in the U.S. Start Planning Early for Depositions in Germany If […]

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Options for Deposing a Witness in Brazil

Options for Deposing a Witness in Brazil

Kimberlee Castro / May 14, 2015

When most people think of Brazil they think of beautiful beaches and the colors of Carnival.  When I think of Brazil I think of tricky depositions and creative thinking. Brazil currently forbids the taking of depositions for use in U.S. courts.  Although this can sound like a no win situation there are options to getting […]

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International Depositions Travel Tips for Beating Jet Lag

International Deposition Travel Tips: How to Avoid Jet Lag

Ian Hardy / December 17, 2014

If you are an attorney, paralegal, or court reporter traveling for a deposition being held in a country half way around the globe, chances are that you will have a problem adjusting to the new time zone. Jet lag can be a real burden, especially when you know your depo will be require you to […]

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A Regional Guide to Depositions in the Middle East

A Regional Guide to Depositions in the Middle East

Ian Hardy / December 2, 2014

  If you have a deposition happening in the Middle East the last thing you want are surprises when you arrive!    At Optima Juris, we are dedicated to making your global deposition as easy and straightforward as possible.   Based on our unparalleled experience in the industry, we have compiled a wealth of essential details, insider […]

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A Regional Guide to Depositions in Latin America

A Regional Guide to Depositions in Latin America

Ian Hardy / October 23, 2014

Latin America Parties to the Hague Evidence Convention Argentina Brazil Chile Costa Rica Ecuador Panama Paraguay Peru Uruguay Venezuela Full List of the Hague Evidence Convention Parties Countries That Require Visas If a visa is required, obtain it from the appropriate foreign consular representative before proceeding abroad. Allow sufficient time for processing your visa application […]

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A Regional Guide to Depositions in Europe

A Regional Guide to Depositions in Europe

Ian Hardy / September 16, 2014

  Based on our experience at Optima Juris, we estimate that about 70% of all foreign-held U.S. depositions take place in Europe. Due to the tremendous scale of the economic interdependence between Europe and the United States, American litigations often require testimony from European witnesses and experts. European Parties to the Hague Evidence Convention Albania […]

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A Regional Guide to Depositions in Asia

A Regional Guide to Depositions in Asia

Ian Hardy / September 4, 2014

  Optima Juris has been scheduling depositions in Asia for over 10 years. In that time we have compiled a wealth of essential details, insider information, and first-hand tips. Have a look at our regional guide below for some practical advice on what to expect when dealing with depositions in Asia. Asia Parties to the […]

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NCRA Speed & Realtime Contest

The Need for Speed

Ian Hardy / August 22, 2014

In the world of court reporting speed and accuracy is what gives you bragging rights. Since 1909 the NCRA has held a National Speed Contests to crown the fastest court reporter in the nation. It is the most difficult and challenging test of skill and endurance a reporter can face. The 2014 competition drew 38 […]

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Deposing a Willing Witness in New Zealand

Deposing a Willing Witness in New Zealand

Ian Hardy / August 18, 2014

Even though they are not a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, New Zealand does allow the deposition of willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State website about taking voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in New Zealand https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/NewZealand0.html: Voluntary depositions […]

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International depositions

International Depositions 101: A Preview

Ian Hardy / July 28, 2014

Optima Juris President Ian Hardy will be presenting his exclusive seminar, “International Depositions 101,” at the NCRA Convention & Expo this Friday 8/1/14. We are so excited about this event that we wanted to give you a little preview of what’s in store: Where do international depos happen? Everywhere in the world! Some spots, however, […]

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Countdown to the NCRA Convention & Expo in San Francisco, CA

Countdown to the NCRA Convention & Expo

Ian Hardy / July 24, 2014

  Optima Juris is proud to be an NCRA member and the only 100% American international deposition agency* As a California registered company, run from Los Angeles, we pride ourselves on providing American high standards of service, all over the world. Your requests are answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Beware of […]

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Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Turkey

Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Turkey

Ian Hardy / July 23, 2014

Need to depose a willing witness in Turkey? You are in luck. Turkey is a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention and in general you can depose willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Below, is the latest official info on taking depos in Turkey, taken from the U.S. Department of […]

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Depositions in 2014 | What's in Store?

Ian Hardy / July 17, 2014

  Optima Juris is coming to the NCRA Convention & Expo! In a few weeks, July 31 – August 3, 2014, the NCRA will be hosting its annual Convention & Expo in San Francisco. This much talked about event is the largest annual gathering of court reporters, captioners, CART providers, scopists, legal videographers, trial presenters, and other […]

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Deposing a Willing Witness in the Philippines

Deposing a Willing Witness in the Philippines

Ian Hardy / July 15, 2014

Although not a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, the Philippines allows the deposition of willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State website about taking voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in the Philippines https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/Philippines.html: Philippine authorities have advised the U.S. […]

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Depositions in Greece Taking Testimony of Willing Witnesses

Depositions in Greece | Taking Testimony of Willing Witnesses

Ian Hardy / July 3, 2014

If you need to depose a witness who resides in Greece you should feel very fortunate.  One, you get to visit beautiful Greece, and two, Greece is a party to the Hague Convention which allows the deposition of willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.  This is the official statement from […]

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How to Depose Willing Witnesses in Finland

How to Depose Willing Witnesses in Finland

Ian Hardy / June 20, 2014

Finland is one of the easier, less restrictive places to schedule a deposition. As a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention, you can depose willing witnesses in Finland without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the latest official info on taking depos in Finland, taken from the U.S. Department of State […]

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Deposing a Willing Witness in Belgium

Deposing a Willing Witness in Belgium

Ian Hardy / June 3, 2014

The Hague Evidence Convention enables U.S. litigants to obtain the testimony of a willing Belgian resident without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State website about taking voluntary depositions of willing witnesses in Belgium https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/legal/Judicial-Assistance-Country-Information/Belgium.html: In civil cases, attorneys from abroad are allowed […]

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Deposing a Witness in Spain What You Need to Know

Deposing a Witness in Spain | What You Need to Know

Ian Hardy / May 20, 2014

As with other European countries, Spain is a relatively easy place to schedule a deposition.  Because it is a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention, in general, you can depose willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Below, please find the latest official info on taking depos in Spain, taken from […]

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Can I Depose a Willing Witness in Thailand

Can I Depose a Willing Witness in Thailand?

Ian Hardy / May 8, 2014

Although not a party to the Hague Evidence Convention, Thailand allows the deposition of willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here at Optima Juris, we arrange depositions regularly in Thailand and are pleased to report a 100% success rate. This is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State […]

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Deposing a Witness in Canada

Deposing a Witness in Canada

Ian Hardy / March 21, 2014

Canada is a very popular locale for deposing witnesses in U.S. court cases.  As a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention, in general, you can depose willing witnesses in Canada without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the official statement from the U.S. Department of State website about taking voluntary depositions […]

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National Court Reporting Captioning Week

National Court Reporting and Captioning Week

Ian Hardy / February 17, 2014

It’s time to show your court reporter and captioning pride! February 16 – 22, 2014 is National Court Reporting and Captioning Week. In honor of the event we thought we would share some interesting court reporting trivia from the NCRA website: Charles Dickens’ early days as a court reporter in London’s Parliament became a subplot […]

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Coming to You Live from the NCRA Firm Owner’s Conference

Ian Hardy / January 22, 2014

Optima Juris, the leader in providing international deposition services, will be bringing you live updates from the NCRA 2014 Firm Owners Executive Conference being held in Orlando, Florida at the Ritz-Carlton, Orlando Grande Lakes from Friday, January 31, 2014 to Sunday, February 2, 2014. Ian Hardy of Optima Juris will join hundreds of fellow court […]

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Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Germany

Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Germany

Ian Hardy / January 14, 2014

Here at Optima Juris, we organize U.S. depositions in Germany several times per month. Germany is a special case for conducting depositions: officially, all depos you take in Germany must happen at the United States Consulate in Frankfurt. Below, please find the latest official info on taking depos in Germany, taken from the U.S. Department […]

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Africa Court Reporter Regional Resource

Africa Court Reporter Regional Resource

Ian Hardy / July 22, 2013

Depending on your deposition country, Africa can be among the most challenging destinations for deposition work. The situation varies widely from country to country, and can shift over time; so please contact us for country-specific details. But don’t worry: depositions do happen here and we organize a great many of them every year. Currency In […]

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Top 7 Resources For International Depositions

Top 7 Resources For International Depositions

Ian Hardy / May 2, 2013

International Time Zone Converter Make sure that you know what time it is on the other side of the globe. It may be tomorrow already. International Voltage & Plug Styles This chart shows the voltages and plug styles used throughout the world. Visa Requirements Travel visa requirements for all countries. Currency Conversion Quickly find out […]

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goGLOBAL with Optima Juris

goGLOBAL with Optima Juris

Ian Hardy / February 15, 2013

  goGLOBAL with Optima Juris: Domestic Court Reporting Agencies Can Now Provide International Deposition Services at No Risk Offered by the experts at Optima Juris, goGLOBAL is a unique opportunity for agencies to increase profits and grow their businesses

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