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Best Practices for Video Depositions

Best Practices for Video Depositions

Have a witness who can’t make it to court to testify? Find out if they’re available to give a video deposition so you don’t lose their testimony. Whether it’s an estate planning case where the witness may be incapacitated or someone out of state, there are times when video is an effective way to capture their testimony. And it’s often more effective than just a written transcript.

Capture the emotion.

Would you rather hear an attorney read from a transcript from a patient involved in a medical malpractice lawsuit or hear from the patient themselves? It’s likely you’d want to hear from the patient. That’s where video depositions are useful.

Juries connect with people they can relate to and what better way than on video. Whether it’s to tell a story, prove a point, or prove an inaccuracy, video is quite telling and can make the difference in a case.

Hire a professional legal videographer.

While a court reporter can set up and hit record on a video camera, it’s likely they won’t catch everything that a professional legal videographer would capture. Incur the expense of a pro so you can capture witness as well as attorney interactions using the latest in lighting and sound technology.

Truth be told, we hear from videographers that everyone is on better behavior when they know they’re on video so for that alone, it might be worth it!

Set up early.

Providing access to the room for the legal videographer and court reporter prior to the deposition is essential for keeping to a schedule and not wasting anyone’s time, especially yours. At least one hour is needed to set up and check tech issues.

Professionals will also have a back-up plan should technology not be working and can resolve issues without your client even knowing there was a problem.

Choose a big enough room.

Not all proceedings are alike. If you’re hiring someone to record video depositions, make sure the room is big enough not only for the people attending but also for the equipment. Opt for a larger conference room with better Wi-Fi and natural light for the best success. Keep in mind accommodations like an interpreter or handicap accessibility.

As with any deposition, it’s important to not speak over one another so the reporter and legal videographer can capture the events accurately.

Here’s to your successful use of video depositions! If you’ve got a Boston area case coming up and are in need of a videographer or reporter, contact us today.

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