Before scheduling a North Carolina deposition, there are a few moving parts to consider. How many people will need to be there? Will there need to be a legal videographer? When are the witnesses and their attorneys available? How long will the deposition take? And let’s take a minute to discuss the reason to call someone for a deposition.
What is the purpose of a deposition?
The purpose is to obtain a statement from a witness under oath prior to trial to find out what they know about the event in question thus preserving their testimony. It allows attorneys on both sides of the case to learn the facts so there aren’t surprises later. In some cases, especially estate planning, the attorney may be preserving the testimony of someone who is in ill health and unable to testify in court. This may mean hiring a legal videographer.
When and where will a deposition take place?
The timing and location are up to the legal team and the witnesses and may be based on a court date. There may be times where a remote deposition is taken; that is when a witness and/or court reporter are in different places and communicate, along with the attorneys and paralegals, via video conferencing. Though in different places, you will still need to set a date and make sure the technology is working from your location and there is space for those who may be attending together.
The timeline is also highly important to the court reporter as they will need to know the turnaround time for the final transcript. If the agency cannot meet the deadline, the legal team will need to find another court reporter for the date requested or change the date to work with their reporter of choice.
Once those details are finalized, a Notice of Deposition and Case Detail Documentation will be provided.
This includes the case caption and related information such as the names of witnesses, docket number, and case name. The more information you can provide to the court reporter ahead of time, the more prepared they will be and the better they will understand the case.
If you’re working with a court reporting agency, it may be easier to match your legal team with the right court reporter if the agency representative understands the type of case – medical, criminal, sexual assault, etc. Oftentimes court reporters are specialized in particular areas. While an agency may not be able to guarantee a match, they will (or should) do their best to provide an experienced court reporter for your case.
Before scheduling a North Carolina deposition, gather information about the case so your court reporter and the entire legal team is ready for the proceeding. At Ruffin Consulting, we’re committed to providing high quality, on-time service to all our clients. We look forward to working with you.