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Teleconferencing

Cover proceedings and meetings remotely without travel costs.

  • Utilizing Polycom
  • Save on travel costs

Save Time - Make the Deposition Process More Efficient

For many depositions, telephone conference calls can be used to save time and money.

Here are a few tips for getting the most out of a telephonic deposition:

  • First, most states require the reporter must be present at the location of the witness in order to administer the oath. The oath cannot be administered over the phone if the witness is a party to the case.
  • Some of the problems associated with telephone depositions: not being able to hear the party on the other line, garbled speech, poor phone connection, several participants who all sound alike and don't identify themselves.
  • If someone on the telephone does not respond to something, it may be that they didn’t hear it or it was garbled and it might be a good idea to either repeat your statement/question or ask the reporter to read it back.
  • When there is more than one party appearing telephonically, to avoid any confusion as to who the speaker is, those on the line should identify themselves whenever they start talking.
  • Normally, the case caption, exhibits, other documents and possibly a word list would be handed to the reporter at the deposition. With a telephonic deposition, these should be sent to the deposition firm in advance of the deposition so they can be provided to the court reporter ahead of time.
  • Reminder: At the conclusion of a telephonic deposition, the court reporter will need to get counsel’s transcript order and possibly clarify the spelling of any names or special terms. This saves time re transcribing and processing the transcript, as the reporter will not need to contact anyone later to obtain needed information.

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