International Depositions: What are Your Options? (Updated 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 also be taken.
Below we have put together a quick reference guide of different options for international depositions along with their advantages and drawbacks.

Everyone Physically Present
ADVANTAGES
DRAWBACKS
Everyone Physically Present Deposition
$$$

Attorneys, court reporter, videographer, & interpreter travel to the location of the witness

  • Ideal scenario
  • Clearest record
  • No technical issues
  • Travel costs


Videoconference Facility
ADVANTAGES
DRAWBACKS
Videoconference Facility Deposition
$$

Attorneys participate remotely at a video conference facility
Court reporter, videographer, & interpreter should be with the witness.

  • Not everyone has to travel
  • Most reliable remote connection
  • Attorneys can see the witness
  • Facility hourly rate
  • Needs to be tested in advance


Telephonic Deposition
ADVANTAGES
DRAWBACKS
Telephonic Depositions
$

Attorneys participate via telephone
Court reporter, videographer, & interpreter should be with the witness.

  • Not everyone has to travel
  • Cost effective
  • Works in areas with poor Internet
  • Attorneys will not be able to see the witness


Optima Juris DepoAnywhere™
ADVANTAGES
DRAWBACKS
Optima Juris DepoAnywhere
$

Attorneys participate via a web-based videoconferencing solution that connects on any device
Court reporter, videographer, & interpreter should be with the witness.

  • Not everyone has to travel
  • Cost-effective
  • Attorneys can see the witness
  • Backup telephone dial-in feature
  • Optima Juris personnel monitors your connection and provides realtime help
  • Lost connection, pauses, and/or interruptions due to network issues

For the best and clearest record we always recommend that the Court Reporter, Videographer and Interpreter be physically present with the witness.
Please contact us and we would be happy to discuss which solution is best for you based on your requirements and budget!

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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