Conducting remote depositions via video conference, you can save a great deal of time and money. However, there are some challenges in remote depositions that don’t exist for in-person meetings. One such issue is how to use documents when your meeting is conducted through video conferencing. If you are considering arranging a remote deposition but are wondering how to manage the documents you’ll need during testimony, here are the answers to some of the questions you may have on your mind.
Will I have to submit my documents in advance?
Although sending documents in advance is one way to deal with the issue, doing so has its disadvantages. Showing the other side the documents you plan to use during the deposition will give them a chance to prepare for your questions, eliminating any element of surprise that could work in your favor. Instead of sending documents to opposing counsel in advance, you may wish to send your documents to your court reporting firm to reveal the documents in real time, as you would during an in-person deposition.
How can I see modifications of a document?
If it is necessary for a witness in a deposition to modify a document at your request, you will need to see that he or she has done so in the way you asked. Although holding up the document to the camera gives you a chance to get a closer look, it can be more efficient to have your court reporter present the document digitally and for modifications to be made to the digital file in real time, so that everyone who is viewing the document can see the modifications at once.
Can I use multiple documents during a remote deposition?
Once you master the ability to transmit documents during a video conference deposition, then using multiple documents is simple. The trick is to work with your court reporting firm to prepare for the deposition, so that they can manage the documents and ensure they are each shared in the order and at the time you intend for the witnesses to see them.