If you are organizing your first deposition in Canada or just brushing up on what you can or can’t do, this is the perfect place to start. Our expertly crafted infographic covers everything you need to get started on scheduling a deposition in Canada.
Scheduling a deposition in Canada is very straightforward, and here’s what you need to know.
Deposition Restrictions. Taking U.S. depositions in Canada is permissible and in general, you can depose willing witnesses in Canada without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts.
Deposing a Willing Witness. If your witness is willing to appear voluntarily at his or her deposition, you can simply conduct the depo by 1) noticing the deponent in advance, and then 2) allowing the court reporter to administer the oath by stipulation of counsel for all parties.
Depo Venue. Depositions in Canada can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility. If you choose to use a U.S. consular officer you will need to make reservations several weeks or months in advance in order to book their limited conference facilities.
Plan Early. Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to plan. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right professionals for your deposition.
Options: Attending your depo in-person or remotely. 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. We highly recommend reading our blog article, ’International Depositions: What Are Your Options’ to see which choice best fits your firm.
Hint. Optima Juris has locally-based court reporters for depositions in Canada, that means no to very low travel costs for you and your client.
Getting Locally-based Deposition Court Reporters in Canada. The final key for a successful deposition in Canada is finding the perfect deposition court reporting firm that can book a local court reporter and deposition team. That means little, to no travel costs for your clients. Plus, they can provide an expertise that can’t be duplicated. It’s a win-win situation!
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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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