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Regional Resource For Depositions in North America
As a direct neighbor and major business partner with the United States, hundreds of U.S depositions take place in Canada every year. Canadian attorneys and law firms regularly conduct examinations of witnesses, which are very similar to depositions and require verbatim court reporting – due to this similarity, it is possible to find competent local court reporters with experience taking U.S depositions in many parts of the country. Please feel free to ask us for additional details. There are no major restrictions to conducting U.S depositions in Canada, so they can be set up quite easily and quickly there.
Visas and Canada
You are not required to obtain a visa for Canada, but you will need a valid passport to travel across the border.
Canada and the Hague Evidence Convention
Canada is not a member of the Hague Evidence Convention, but since the court systems are closely related and there are plenty of certified court reporters in the country, conducting a deposition in Canada is fairly easy.
For a full list of all members: http://www.hcch.net.
Canada is a big country, and it’s hard to get around without a car. Within city limits, you’ll find great public transportation networks, especially the metro system which is about 3 CAD for a one-way ticket.
The easiest and best way to get cash away from home is from an ATM, which offer the best exchange rates. Avoid exchanging money at commercial exchange bureaus and hotels, which often have the highest transaction fees.
Credit cards are a safe way to carry money. They also provide a convenient record of all your expenses, and they generally offer relatively good exchange rates.
The U.S. Department of State website can give you a quick overview of the official rules on taking testimony of willing witnesses in specific countries in Canada.