The Impact of Remote Depositions
It is hard to believe that the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was nearly three years ago, as many of its effects have grown into new norms of our daily lives, specifically video conferencing and remote work. Whether it be teaching, marketing, finance, or even the U.S. justice system, many industries have transitioned from full-time in-person work expectations to hybrid or fully remote positions. While the world was concerned at first at how this new norm would affect efficiency and a slew of other things, studies have reported workers and employers to be less stressed, more focused, and happier than they’ve ever been due to these new remote opportunities. Within this blog post, we will take a closer look at the impact of remote depositions, and more specifically, their effects on legal support and attorneys.
To begin, a remote deposition is one in which all participants are in different locations and appear by telephone or videoconference. This meaning that the witness, examiner, deponent, attorney, lawyer, and each party’s counsel can all be located in different cities, states, or countries at the time of the deposition. As you probably assumed, the biggest advantage to this new remote format is the increased amount of time available to all members. Instead of spending hours or days traveling to a deposition that most likely high-jacks the daily routines of everyone involved, members of the court can now be essentially anywhere during the deposition, as long as they have a smart device and internet access. This has been especially beneficial to witnesses and deponents, as a full day off of work and time away from family is no longer needed to satisfy legal obligations. These new time savings have also allowed attorneys to better prepare for depositions.
Similar to the advantage of saving time, remote depositions also make scheduling purposes for all involved much easier than before. Again, as no one has to be face-to-face or in the same location, there is much more flexibility when it comes to choosing a date and time. This also contributes to fewer cancellations and rescheduling, ultimately leading to faster results and conclusions of cases.
Also tying into the top two advantages, remote depositions help all involved save money. The elimination of travel costs allows all parties, especially their clients, to save on legal fees.
Lastly, videoconferencing technology makes the entire deposition process more efficient. Zoom and other video conferencing platforms allow for video and audio recordings, breakout rooms, and sound muting options that can all contribute to a more seamless deposition. Recordings are crucial when it comes to accuracy of the case and with video conferencing, the recording is ready within minutes of the deposition ending and can be easily shared with all necessary parties. Breakout rooms can allow for counsels to meet beforehand and debrief afterwards from the comfort of their own location. The sound muting option can eliminate background noise and make for clearer audio and understanding.
Overall, though new, remote depositions are going to continue to evolve and make the legal process smoother for all parties. Whether it be saving time or money, or taking advantage of the technology videoconferencing has to offer, remote depositions can make the legal process better for all.