Need to Schedule A Deposition? Here’s What You Need to Consider.

Whether it’s your first or 1000th, there are a few considerations to make when you schedule a deposition like making sure all the right people are in the right place at the right time.

When and where will the deposition take place?

While we have court reporters across Oklahoma, we want to be sure the right court reporter is available for your deposition. We recommend scheduling at least a week in advance. Please include the location, time, and any special instructions that our reporter will need like if a legal videographer or interpreter will be present.

Is the witness a first-time deponent?

Because we’re handling multiple depositions and cases, it’s hard to imagine the first time we were part of a legal proceeding! Keep in mind that your witness may be a first-time deponent or first-time expert witness which means you likely need to spend more time explaining the process to them. Make sure you allow enough time between calling them as a witness and the actual deposition for them to prepare.

Will this be a video recorded deposition?

There are certain circumstances in which it is a good idea to hire a legal videographer for a deposition.

People, attorneys and witnesses alike, will act more appropriately when the camera is on than when they’re in a conference or courtroom so it could simply be good strategy to record! If an attorney suspects a witness may not be telling the whole truth, if the witness is incapacitated in some way, or perhaps to calm what could be an otherwise disruptive witness, consider hiring a legal videographer.

Will you need an interpreter?

Living in a multi-cultural society means we sometimes need to hire an interpreter to help a witness understand the process as well as translate for our witness, attorneys, and/or court reporter during the deposition.

Is it a highly technical or industry-specific case? 

At Steno Services, we have the best and most dedicated Oklahoma City court reporters to help us serve our clients. We want to be sure to match you with the right reporter for your case so it’s helpful to know if you need someone who is familiar with a specific industry or type of case (medical, criminal, etc.). Then it’s up to you to prepare them for the upcoming deposition.

Not sure of where to start? Give us a call and we can schedule a deposition!

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