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With the emergence of new technologies and circumstances that prevent groups from gathering physically, options for legal proceedings have changed dramatically. If you are a litigator, you have likely already participated in remote trials, remote mediations, or even remote depositions. 

Remote legal proceedings can provide much-needed convenience to a busy attorney’s schedule, but they are not without their drawbacks. Please read on to learn what to avoid during a remote deposition and how our sophisticated suite of trial support services at Aptus Court Reporting can help you.

Being Disorganized with Your Exhibits

Do you want remote technology to help and not hinder your legal work? If you do, sometimes you need to be more organized than usual. This can be especially true when it comes to your exhibit packages for a deposition. 

Many attorneys opt to deliver digital exhibit packages to opposing counsel and deponents for remote depositions. This can streamline the process and cut costs. However, you must make sure that your digital packages are functional, easy to follow, and properly labeled before submitting them. 

You can keep your electronic exhibit packages organized by placing well-labeled bookmarks in the document. To make sure the bookmarks are easy to follow, practice accessing them while reviewing your deposition outline. If the deponent is your client or witness, have them practice navigating your package while you ask questions. 

Neglecting to Explore Your Technological Options Beforehand

Many remote deposition platforms and services have several technological features you can use to your advantage. For instance, if you are conducting a zoom deposition and a deponent cannot locate an exhibit from your electronic package, you can share your computer screen with the deponent to show them where you are. It is crucial to identify technological features like this and make sure you know how they work before you begin a deposition. This way, you can cut down on tense moments in an already adversarial proceeding. 

Also keep in mind that, in general, court reporters are to preserve only the spoken record. In their written record, a reporter does not typically include descriptions of a deponent’s behavior or demeanor. But if you need this information, you can hire a videographer to capture nonverbal conduct during a deposition. 

Being Unprepared for Technological Glitches

You might already have a tried-and-true method for conducting test runs of your deposition. But have you taken the time to conduct a test run with your remote deposition technology?

Testing your technology before remotely deposing a witness can help you avoid a number of serious issues, such as the appearance of unlawful witness coaching. How can technological glitches increase the likelihood of this issue? 

Consider the following example: Imagine an attorney’s witness has an unexpectedly poor internet signal during a deposition, and the witness’s responses are constantly interrupted by buffering. This can quickly fluster an attorney and a witness who did not prepare for the issue. 

After an interruption, an attorney might need to resubmit their question multiple times to get a clear record of the witness’s answer. And in re-asking their question, an attorney might be tempted to summarize what they were able to hear clearly from the witness. Opposing counsel could perceive this as unlawful coaching. If opposing counsel perceives unlawful coaching, they could request that a tribunal impose sanctions that prejudice a client and harm an attorney’s credibility. If you practice your deposition while using your remote technology, you can determine what technological issues you are likely to encounter. You can also develop a strategy for addressing glitches without risking your case’s integrity.

We Provide Full-Service Litigation Support for Your Remote Needs

Do you need a certified court reporter, remote court reporting, or legal transcription to aid you in your next deposition? We have the tools to help you at Aptus Court Reporting. We deliver state-of-the-art services for conducting effective remote depositions, including digital screen captures, videography, streaming text, and document sharing. We can also offer you case management services that include top-of-the-line customer service. Please call us at 866-999-8310 for more information.

Aptus Court Reporting Team & SDGPress Release (PR Web) San Diego, June 2nd, 2016 – Aptus Court Reporting and law firm Simpson Delmore Greene joined together to host the 3rd annual “Food From the Bar” event on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 in San Diego. The event included a happy hour and silent auction. A variety of items were available for bidding with the end goal of raising funds for those suffering from hunger in the San Diego area. Items included a vacation package to Mexico, private chef dinner, sporting and concert tickets, and yoga sessions to name a few.

All of the proceeds from the event benefited Feeding America, which offers relief to families in need through its nationwide network of food banks. This network spans 200 food banks and about 60,000 food pantries in the United States today. Last year, Feeding America served more than six billion meals to those in need.

This year’s “Food From the Bar” event raised a total of $6,740, an increase of 20% over last year’s donation from the same event. An anonymous donor also matched this donation 2:1, bringing the total donation amount to $20,220. The funds raised will provide more than 80,800 meals to those in need in the San Diego area.

Aptus Court Reporting founding partner, Ashley Walton, said “Every year this event keeps feeding more individuals and families in need. We’re grateful for our partnership with Simpson Delmore Greene and all of our team members who take the time to help with the event.”

About Aptus Court Reporting

Aptus is a full service court reporting firm. They handle deposition and trial support while leveraging the most efficient technology for law firms and corporations globally. For further information, please see the Aptus website at www.aptuscr.com.

About Simpson Delmore Greene

Simpson Delmore Greene is a business law firm that focuses on practical legal advice and efficient solutions in creative ways. The two companies worked to host Food from the Bar in partnership, and both look forward to hosting this event again in the future. For further information about the law firm, please see the Simpson Delmore Greene website at www.sdgllp.com.

Food From The Bar Event 2016

Aptus Court Reporting would like to invite you to a fun event to raise money for Girls on the Run®. We are hosting the first annual 3 Club, 9-hole golf competition at The Loma Club – Liberty Station on Thursday October 15th at 3pm.

Girls on the Run® is a non-profit organization focused on “…inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” The organization has set up a dynamic curriculum that incorporates life skills programs, interactive lessons, and running games in small groups of girls grouped by grade level. This curriculum is facilitated by trained and certified Girls on the Run Coaches and reinforces social, physical, and psychological skills through inspiration and motivation. Additionally, the program is on 42 campuses in San Diego County and is offered to all girls regardless of their family’s ability to pay.

The Loma Club is located at Liberty Station and is a par 3 Executive Course (short and sweet). We will have a shotgun start at 3:00 pm and hope to be off the track no later than 5:00 pm to launch the festivities. Each golfer is required to play with 3 clubs only, so be sure to choose your weapons wisely!Aptus Charity Golf TournamentWe would like to thank all our gracious sponsors listed below for helping us put together this wonderful event: Coastal Payroll Services, Simpson Delmore Greene, Inventus, The Rider Elite Team, Leventhal Law, Thomas Giglio Events, Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP.

Aptus Court Reporting offers hassle-free and experienced court reporting solutions globally. We allow our clients to focus on their litigation by reducing their burden with cutting-edge technology solutions and expertise in court reporting. Learn more about our Services.