Following the 10 simple steps outlined here will lay the groundwork for your attorneys to have an easy, seamless experience at their next virtual deposition, mediation, or even trial.
Reprinted with permission of Mike Murray and National Association of Legal Assistants. This article originally appeared in the September 2022 edition of the Facts & Findings.
With each month bringing more uncertainty as to in-person proceedings, it is more critical than ever to have your attorneys able to conduct fully, or even partially, remote depositions. In fact, many attorneys say that remote proceedings will be an integral part of their practice moving forward, no matter the pandemic situation.
Remote proceedings offer efficiencies and cost savings, not to mention a better work/life balance and less travel time. These cost savings have not gone unnoticed by clients, who will likely push to continue virtual proceedings in the future.
Here are 10 ways to ensure your attorneys are ready for their next remote proceeding.
1. Include the right language in your deposition notice.
Most states require a deposition notice to state the method by which the deposition will be conducted, including the possible use of virtual technology. You should check your local code for exact procedures. Many firms have updated their boilerplate notice to include remote language – here is an example of a sample notice:
NOTICE IS FURTHER GIVEN that we reserve the right to conduct this deposition utilizing the secure web-based deposition option afforded by Veritext or in the alternative video teleconferencing (VTC) services or telephonically to provide remote/virtual access for those parties wishing to participate in the deposition via the internet and/or telephone.
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