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Remote Counsel

Remote Counsel Court Reporters

Remote Counsel Court Reporters

Remote Counsel is a powerful all-in-one platform with the added benefits of  world class services and training

Featured on the Remote Counsel webpage you will find the user friendly free videoconferencing room locator. There are two ways to search. You may enter the city, state or Zip in to the search bar then adjust the range of distance within 10-100 miles. Then there is also the option to browse their database. This is also where you can reserve and book the room of your choice. You can also check the video feeds of any one of their certified videoconference rooms from their website.

Here is a short list of  what they offer:

 Live video steaming and text from any device.

Security- All connections are encrypted and guaranteed secure.

Availability- View or participate in any deposition live from anyplace in the world.

Scheduling– Easy access to the online scheduling service found on their website seven days a week and 24 hours a day. You can also call the number provided and speak with a concierge scheduling team member to schedule and coordinate your events for you. They will also include end user testing and event day monitoring.

Case Management– Manage all depositions for your case and get notification when the court reporter connects and disconnects.

Simple setup– From any CAT Software court reporters can stream. It is built into the most popular CAT software, CaseCatalyst and you are two steps away from complete setup.

Text– Stay up to speed with Remote Realtime, while working  in your browser using search and annotation.  Compatible with all software you can output to any text viewer software live, such as LiveNote, Summation or Trial Director.

Exemplary support – The platform they have made is backed with premier support and top-notch customer care by trained technicians available throughout the day whenever they are needed.

You can find the full list of features visit www.remotecounsel.com. If you are looking for the very best in Phoenix court reporters, then look no further than Phoenix Deposition Services.

 

 

 

Five Best Practices

Video Depositions: Five Best Practices

Video Depositions:  Five Best Practices Every Paralegal Should Know.

In this blog we will be talking about video deposition’s five best practices. When preparations are in order for an upcoming trial, there may be a witness or witnesses that cannot attend in the courtroom itself. This is where you would normally call upon your court reporter to set up a video deposition. There are many advantages of having the ability to not just read the testimony but to gain a visual of the witness as he\she answers each question under oath.

Ask that all other electronic devices be turned off.  To ensure the clearest sound and best playback for the record, ask that all cell phones and unnecessary technology be turned off. Also keep any paperwork from being in the way of microphones. Believe it or not, shuffling paperwork can cause interference to the recording.

Reserve enough space for everyone to be comfortable. When booking a room for a Video deposition, keep in mind that you will need to let your court reporter know how many people will be in attendance outside of the attorney, the videographer, the court reporter and the witness. This will be a good time to address any special needs of anyone attending also.  Be sure to state special needs a couple days before to ensure everything goes smoothly and as planned.

 Early access for the videographer. At least one hour is the common standard for the videographer to set up his equipment and run all necessary tests, adjust lighting and to troubleshoot any technical issues that may arise beforehand.

Make it clear when you’re off the record.  Microphones are extremely sensitive.  Always remember that until clearly instructed that it is off the record, the video and audio are being captured. Another important factor in conducting great video depositions is to instruct everyone to speak one at a time. Try giving 2-3 seconds after being asked a question to give your response. This will also help you keep your cool and think before you speak.

Keep the space being recorded clean and free of clutter. You want to be certain that all things obstructing the clear view of the witness be removed. The jury’s attention is to remain on the testimony and not on distracting objects that do not belong there in the first place.

Video depositions are a very useful tool to save time and money.

 

Out of State Depositions

3 Steps to Help You Prepare for The Out of State Deposition

official court reporters vs freelanceThe witness that is critical to your client’s case will not always be in your state. When this happens, there are several legal and other preparatory steps that must be taken to depose the witness. In this blog, we explore the necessary steps to prepare for an out of state deposition.

As a paralegal, your role, under the supervision of your assigned attorney, is to ensure that the necessary steps are taken to secure the witness for an out of state deposition.

Know the State Laws

Each state has different rules and laws as it relates to depositions and the process required to compel a witness that is within their jurisdiction. You must ascertain the specific county in which the witness resides and determine the procedural rules that must be followed to depose the witness.

A quick way to make sure that your law firm is following all of the procedural requirements of your witness’ home state is to contact the clerk of the court. The clerk can provide accurate information on how to go about deposing the witness in their jurisdiction, along with regulations relating to serving a subpoena.

Secure Your Witness

It’s always easier when the witness is a willing participant. However, this isn’t always the case. It is important to note that sometimes even consenting witnesses will change their minds and depending on the value they add to your case; it may be best to secure your witness’ presence with a subpoena.

This process of using a subpoena to secure your witness varies from state to state. So, it’s important that you understand the overall process and. Some states require a commission or letters of rogatory as part of the procedure involved in securing a witness. You may also want to consider hiring a law firm from that state in addition to obtaining information from the clerk of court.

Every aspect of your client’s case is time sensitive so obtaining and serving the subpoena should be top on your out of state deposition to do list. A witness who does not turn up for the deposition can result not only in out of pocket expenditure for your attorney, but your client may also have to pay the opposing side’s expense.

Plan Ahead

All legal proceedings require at least some preparation. However, when your witness is out of state, more planning is required to make sure that everything is in place to facilitate the deposition. In addition to adhering to the laws and regulations of that particular state, making the necessary applications in your state is also important to ensure that you are on the right path.

Further, since time is of the essence, it’s important to make sure that you meet specific deadlines. With an out of state deposition on hand, there are greater chances of delays. As a paralegal, you will need to factor in such issues and plan accordingly to ensure that there are no eventualities that will cause your client more money.

Planning ahead will also include preparation for the actual deposition day. With an out of state deposition, there is no running back to the office to get a file or document that was left behind. It’s vital that your attorney be equipped with all that is required to carry out the deposition in another state.

There are several logistical considerations involved in pursuing an out of state deposition. Once the preparatory legal filing and serving work is complete, both you and your attorney can focus on the general preparation that is required for a deposition.