Depositions of voluntary U.S. citizens are pretty straight forward in France, and similar to conducting one up in the United States. However, France is one of those difficult countries which requires special permission to depose French citizens and third-country nationals. With the right court reporting firm this process can be seamless.
Our depo experts put together a few helpful guidelines on how to schedule a court reporter in France.
Depositions in France: FAQs
Are their any deposition restrictions in France? Good news – voluntary depositions may be conducted in France of U.S. citizens. However, depositions of French citizens and third country nationals require prior permission of the French Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention and require a commission issued by a court in the United States. We recommend getting in contact with us as soon as possible to find the best possible solution for your law firm.
Where can the deposition be taken? U.S. depositions in France of U.S. citizens can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility. For U.S. depositions of French citizens and third country nationals, depositions must take place on the Consulate or Embassy premises.
How early should we plan our deposition in France? Give yourself a minimum of 6 weeks to plan, as France does have restrictions on taking depositions of French citizens and third country nationals.
Options: Should the attorney attend the deposition in-person or remotely? Thanks to better internet connectivity worldwide, 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. We highly recommend reading our blog article, International Depositions: What Are Your Options to see which option best fits your firm.
Can Optima Juris help book a U.S. certified court reporter for our deposition in France? Yes! We have locally-based court reporters in France, which means minimal travel costs for you.
France Travel Information for Legal Professionals
Visa Requirements – Attorneys with U.S. passports may enter France for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.
Major Airport – Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, CDG
General Tipping – Tipping is not necessary, but is appreciated for good service. There are no rules about tipping in France. In nicer restaurants, where the service is exemplary, a tip of €20 is fine to leave.
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 18 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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