Although many lawyers have yet to make extensive use of remote depositions , there is no question that they are playing an increasingly prominent role in the legal field. In fact, some judges have ruled that in order to meet the ethical duty of competence, it’s essential for attorneys to become familiar with teleconferencing, video conferencing, and document digitizing in San Jose, CA. That said, holding a remote deposition does present unique challenges. After becoming accustomed to the procedures; however, lawyers are likely to find that the benefits of remote depositions far outweigh the drawbacks.
Preventing Technical Glitches
One major concern with remote depositions is the possibility of technical glitches. Many lawyers try to avoid remote depositions at all costs because they’ve had bad experiences with “scratchy” audio quality during teleconferences or poor Internet connectivity during Web conferences. Another common technical glitch is the possible incompatibility of the conferencing platform with various devices. These problems can quickly turn a carefully planned deposition into a complete fiasco. Fortunately, the video conferencing solutions for these problems are simple: Contract with professional court reporting services. With a conference room rental, you can receive sophisticated equipment right at your fingertips. The equipment will already be set up for your use and it’ll provide you with broadcast-quality video conferencing. You can also rest assured that the parties involved will be able to connect from any location in San Jose with any device.
Dealing with Nonverbal Responses
Another common objection lawyers raise when confronting the possibility of remote depositions is that the witnesses may provide nonverbal responses and cues. Whether or not a witness is being deposed at a remote location, nonverbal responses may be an issue. The solution is the same for remote depositions as it is for in-person depositions. Provide the witness with clear, comprehensive instructions before the questioning begins. Some witnesses may need a few reminders to give their answers verbally instead of nodding or shaking their heads. Similarly, some lawyers may be concerned that the opposing counsel might be inappropriately giving their witnesses nonverbal cues from behind the camera. The simple solution for this problem is to have multiple cameras capture different views of the room.