Michael L. Feinstein, P.A.

Do you have a deposition coming up? It may be done remotely

Even under the current circumstances, the wheels of justice continue to turn. Civil lawsuits filed prior to societal changes may have continued to move forward or will soon.

If you filed a civil lawsuit or are defending against one, you may need to participate in a deposition. If so, the odds are good that you will attend remotely.

What does that mean for you?

The concept of remote depositions is not a new one, but it has gained popularity in recent months. It is becoming the new normal for a number of people. If you are scheduled for a remote deposition and you will not be sitting with an attorney at the time, it may help you to understand how to prepare:

  • You will need a good internet connection, which can be hardwired or WiFi.
  • You will need a computer, tablet or smartphone. You will probably need to choose the one that provides you with the best video and audio, so it may take some testing to see what that is for you.
  • Enter the call early to make sure that your video and audio are working properly. Most of these types of calls have a 15-minute leeway before the start time for this purpose.
  • In many cases, someone such as the court reporter will facilitate the call, and he or she may allow for a test call to make sure that everything will function correctly when the time comes.
  • Find a place in your home where you can be alone without any ambient noises and without others entering your space. You may also want to make sure the background behind you is appropriate -- perhaps a blank wall would work best.
  • You will be videoed as well, so make sure that you are wearing something appropriate for the occasion.
  • During the deposition, make sure you enunciate your words and speak clearly. If others are talking, try not to speak at the same time.

If an attorney represents you, he or she will most likely provide you with copies of any documents you may receive questions about during the deposition. Moreover, you will usually spend some time preparing for it, so if you do not have something you need to thoroughly answer the questions put to you, this would be the time to clarify and get what you need.

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