France is a country we know well. Optima Juris started in France back in 2000 when a young legal videographer, Ian Hardy, decided to move to Paris. Today, Optima Juris continues to successfully help clients set up many U.S. depositions in France. In our latest episode of helpful International Deposition Tips, Ian highlights the legalities of setting up an international deposition in France.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
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