The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure exist to “…secure the just, speedy, and inexpensive determination of every action and proceeding.”

Though the rules were initially adopted well before the advent of the technology that makes remote depositions possible, we can’t help but think that the original drafters would highly encourage remote depositions whenever possible.

Consider the time and expense involved in bringing an attorney or expert witness across the state for a deposition slated to last one hour. The high cost of travel and other related expenses alone can substantially impact the bottom line—not to mention the lost productivity while away from the office.

Saving money isn’t the only reason to consider a remote deposition. Other compelling reasons include:

  • The witness will be unavailable at trial
  • The conduct of the witness may need to be analyzed
  • Additional review by corporate counsel or a witness is required
  • Remote deposition video can be integrated with other trial software applications
  • Interstate travel can be avoided

As we’ve realized through the Covid-19 pandemic, remote depositions have become an invaluable tool to provide safety measures and utilize a network of mobile court reporters.

There are state rules that govern how remote depositions may be administered, but thanks to technology, it’s easier than you think.

 

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