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China Reporters: What you need to know
Before you schedule a court reporter in China, learn more about the rules and regulations regarding U.S. depositions in China.
Are there any restrictions on holding a U.S. depo in China?
China does not permit the taking of depositions or witness statements in China for use in foreign courts. Even conducting a deposition in a hotel room with an oath by private persons could result in criminal penalties under Chinese law. The restrictions also extend to telephonic depos and depos by videoconference. Beyond being merely frowned upon, participation in unauthorized depositions can result in serious sanctions, from deportation to the arrest and detention of attorneys and other participants.
Is there a workaround for deposing a witness based in China?
The best solution is to have your witness travel from mainland China to Hong Kong (or a nearby country like Singapore or Taiwan), and take your deposition there. Depositions are completely legal and there are no restrictions for taking them outside of China.
Can depos in Hong Kong, Singapore, or Taiwan take place at any venue (hotel, conference room, etc.)?
Depositions in Hong Kong, Singapore, or Taiwan 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 Hong Kong, Singapore, or Taiwan?
U.S. passport holders may enter Hong Kong, Singapore, or Taiwan for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.
Are there court reporters in Asia for U.S. depositions?
Optima Juris has local court reporters in Hong Kong and Singapore and throughout Asia, which means little to no 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 deposition services in Hong Kong, Singapore, and Taiwan for a China-based witness
Optima Juris has everything you need to successfully depose a China-based witness in Hong Kong, Singapore, or Taiwan. We work with elite court reporters and legal professionals to make sure your deposition is in the right hands.
Local 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 deposition guide for China
Our experts have created a complimentary guide every lawyer, paralegal and court reporting agency should read. The International Depo Guide for China 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
As CEO of Optima Juris, I guarantee that you will be getting the highest quality deposition services abroad. We stand by our services 100% and most importantly, we take away the anxiety of scheduling an international depo.
Optima Juris’ 100% Peace of Mind Guarantee*
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