What To Do If
An Attorney Wants Me to Record Through the Zoom Platform, Even Though They Didn’t Schedule a Legal Videographer?
By Judy Stevens – RPR, CMRS, CPE – Principal, Colorado
A: If the attorney would like a recording of the deposition and there is no videographer scheduled, we recommend you ask them to reach out to your local calendar team to schedule a videographer or to contact the calendar team directly on the attorney’s behalf. You should not record the proceeding yourself under any circumstances as further described below.
When there is no videographer present, the reporter is always the host on a Veritext Virtual deposition for many reasons. The first of which is so that no one else has the capability to record directly through Zoom. You might think that’s because we don’t want anyone recording the deposition without ordering a copy of the video, but there are much more important logical and legal reasons involved.
You can tell the requesting attorneys that you cannot record the Veritext Virtual deposition because:
Again, if the attorney would like a recording of the deposition and there is no videographer scheduled, we recommend you ask them to reach out to your local calendar team to schedule a videographer or to contact the calendar team directly on the attorney’s behalf. A videographer will announce the full case information at the beginning, go on and off the record when told, designate times for being on and off the record, and also closely monitor the audio to make sure everything is clear and audible on the final video product. They also have the equipment to only record the witness, just as an in-person video would be handled. A video from a remote video deposition will present in trial exactly as an in-person video deposition would present.
Our client is most certainly looking for a professional, admissible, and quality product to present to a jury at trial, and that can only be provided by a well-trained, professional, legal videographer.
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Judy Stevens has been a firm owner in Denver since 1994 before becoming part of Veritext in 2019. She began her career as a court reporter in Tucson, Arizona before moving to Denver, Colorado. In 2000, Judy earned the highly coveted designation of Certified Manager of Reporting Services (CMRS) by the National Court Reporters Association while building her firm, mentoring her team and also serving on the board of her state association and volunteering through the Alliance of Professional Women.
Over the years, Judy and her firm have been recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of the “Top 10 Fastest Growing Denver-Area Private Companies” and she has been nominated by the Denver Business Journal for its “Outstanding Women in Business” award on numerous occasions. In addition, Judy was recognized by NCRA with its prestigious “Excellence Award for Leadership and Team-Building” and has authored many articles for the JCR magazine. Judy is also quite active in her teaching/mentoring role as a regular guest lecturer at both Arapahoe Community College and the University of Denver Law School.