13 Essentials for Remote Proceedings
By Michael Murray, Director of Client Solutions, Veritext Legal Solutions
Do you have an upcoming remote deposition? Discover helpful tips and best practices for preparing to proceed remotely below.
Wireless transmission can be temperamental. Use a wired connection for a secure feed.
Without a fast internet connection transmission may be choppy. Take the 3-to-5 minute self test on the equipment you will be using the day of your live session to make sure your equipment is up to speed.
If you plan on using exhibits it’s critical you provide them to the Veritext Virtual Support Team at least 48 hours in advance of your deposition. Schedule a time to take our 10-minute training session so that a Virtual expert can show you how to use the exhibit pod and realtime tools.
After your 10-minute training session, consider scheduling a time for a complete run-through so that you are practiced on how to share, highlight, annotate and stamp documents during your session.
If using audio through your computer, test your volume and make sure you have a good microphone and high-quality speakers or headphones.
If you would like other participants to be able to view you, make sure your computer has a webcam. For best results use an external HD webcam and test it beforehand with the Veritext Virtual system.7. Dress appropriately.
If you are going to be on camera wear proper virtual conference business attire. Solid color shirts (especially light blue) and simple jewelry are best for video.
Place yourself in front of a simple background and avoid highly patterned, busy or distracting wallpaper and artwork.
Properly center yourself and/or the witness in the webcam view and consider how far or close you are from the camera.
Shut down Skype, Outlook, instant messaging or any other program that may unexpectedly interrupt and/or take control of your webcam during your live session.
Consider your surroundings, close your office door and mute your phone when you are not speaking (especially if you are using your keyboard during the session). This is especially important if you are go on a break and are having a confidential conversation. If you arrive late wait until a break to announce yourself to the court reporter so as not to disrupt the proceeding.
Be careful about placing your phone on hold. If you have hold music putting your phone on hold during the live session will disrupt everyone in the virtual room.
The chat feature can broadcast your comments to the room as well as facilitate private conversations. Be cautious not to mix up who you are address.
Veritext can get you up and running with a complete turn-key, highly secure, fully supported “telepresence” proceeding today!”