Staging a Successful Remote Deposition: Preparation and Collaboration

Holding depositions via videoconference offers many benefits, including reduced travel time and increased flexibility. Preparation by and collaboration between attorneys and court reporters can set the stage for a successful remote deposition. It can also help all parties avoid the potential pitfalls of using videoconference technology, like having to explain to other attendees that you are not a cat.

This blog is the second in a series of two that discuss what is needed for remote deposition success. The first blog provided tips for a successful remote video deposition, covering details regarding setup and equipment, compliance, consent, and the stages of a remote deposition. Here, we will focus on the roles of attorneys and court reporters—and how working together creates a formula for success.

Working Together for a Successful Remote Deposition

The goal of a legal deposition is to collect and record witness testimony to support your case. To successfully do so via videoconference, it is ideal for attorneys and court reporters to understand their roles and responsibilities before, during, and after the deposition. Working together throughout the process is also critical to ensure the recorded testimony is clear, complete, and compliant with rules regarding the admissibility of evidence collected via videoconference.

How Attorneys Can Prepare for a Successful Remote Deposition

Image of a videoconference screen, representing how attorneys and court reporters can prepare and collaborate for a successful remote deposition.

Attorneys play a crucial role in the success of remote depositions. Their responsibilities include thorough case preparation, identifying key areas of questioning, and preparing exhibits and documents. During the deposition, attorneys must set the tone and atmosphere, and object to improper questioning. After the deposition, attorneys review the transcript and video recording, analyze the witness’s testimony, and plan follow-up actions accordingly.

It is also important for attorneys to prepare for common technical issues in remote depositions and have a plan for troubleshooting if they arise. Working with an experienced court reporting firm can remove some of the burdens of technical difficulties from the attorneys’ shoulders, allowing them to focus on the details of the case and questioning.

Preparation Roles of the Court Reporter

Court reporters also play a vital role in remote depositions. Before the deposition, they familiarize themselves with the case details, prepare necessary documentation, and test the equipment and software. During the deposition, court reporters take accurate and complete records, mark exhibits and annotations, and maintain a professional demeanor. After proofreading and editing the transcript, the court reporter delivers the final product to the attorney.

Collaboration between Attorneys and Court Reporters  

Successful remote depositions require collaboration between attorneys and court reporters. Collaboration before the deposition ensures that the parties are well-prepared and have a clear understanding of the case. During the deposition, effective communication and coordination between the attorney and court reporter are essential. Further collaboration after the deposition allows for a thorough review of the transcript and the opportunity to address any concerns, corrections, or follow-up actions.

Schedule a Remote Deposition with Coash Court Reporting & Video

At Coash Court Reporting & Video, our mission is to help you win your case. We understand the intricacies of remote depositions. As an experienced court reporting firm, our team is equipped with the latest technology and expertise to ensure a seamless remote deposition experience.

To schedule a remote deposition with us or learn more about our services, please contact us at 602-258-1440 or fill out this online contact form. We look forward to helping you complete your successful remote deposition!