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Although Brazil does not permit the taking of depos for U.S. courts, there is a workaround to get the testimony you need.
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Rio de Janeiro Reporters: What you need to know
Before you schedule a court reporter in Rio de Janeiro, learn more about the rules and regulations regarding U.S. depositions in Rio de Janeiro.
Are there any restrictions on holding a U.S. depo in Rio de Janeiro?
Brazilian authorities do not permit persons, such as American attorneys, to take depositions for use in a court in the United States. Such action potentially could result in the arrest, detention, expulsion, or deportation of the American attorney or other American participants. The Brazilian prohibition on taking depositions by foreign persons extends to telephone or video teleconference depositions initiated from the United States of a witness in Rio de Janeiro.
Is there a workaround for deposing a witness based in Rio de Janeiro?
The best solution is to have your witness travel from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to Colombia and take your deposition there. Depositions are completely legal in Colombia and there are no restrictions for taking them outside of Brazil.
Can depos in Colombia take place at any venue (hotel, conference room, etc.)?
Depositions in Colombia can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.
Does a U.S. passport holder need a visa to enter Colombia?
U.S. passport holders may enter Colombia for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.
Are there court reporters in Latin America for U.S. depositions?
Optima Juris has court reporters throughout Latin America, which means lower travel costs for you.
Can Optima Juris help me set up my depo?
We will take care of all the tricky logistics so you don’t have to stress about the details.
Expert international court reporting services in Colombia for a Rio de Janeiro-based witness
Optima Juris has everything you need to successfully depose a Rio de Janeiro-based witness in Colombia. We work with elite court reporters and legal professionals to make sure your deposition or arbitration is in the right hands.
Region-based court reporters
Our trusted court reporters have extensive international experience, along with the know-how to get the job done with the highest-quality results.
Legal videographers trained in the U.S. Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, so you can be sure that your video record will be taken in a manner consistent with your jurisdiction’s requirements.
Internationally-accredited language professionals with deposition experience and unbending standards of quality.
Our leading network of 2,500+ videoconference and telepresence facilities is unmatched by any of our competitors.
Remote depositions allow attorneys to conduct international depositions without the cost or hassle of traveling to the witness. There are 2 types of remote depositions: Court Reporter with the Witness AND Court Reporter NOT with the Witness.
Must-read guide for setting up a depo in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Our experts have created a complimentary guide every lawyer, paralegal and court reporting agency should read. The International Depo Guide for Brazil 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.View
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At Optima Juris we are committed to providing you with the very best deposition services abroad without the stress or hassle. We guarantee that your court reporter and deposition team will show up on-time, where instructed, and that the results (transcript, video, interpretation, etc.) will be at the same level you would expect when conducting a deposition in your home town in the States. If that’s not the case, we’ll refund you fully for the defective service, no questions asked. This guarantee is subject to limitations, exclusions, and conditions as outlined in our terms & conditions.GET TO KNOW US