Scheduling depositions can be downright complicated given the numerous parties at play. From navigating witness and counsel schedules to ensuring the appropriate location, special services and technology are secured, successfully scheduling depositions is enough to give anyone a headache.
Simplify your scheduling by referring to our handy guide below to ensure the process is as painless as possible and you don’t miss a step.
Quick Tips for Scheduling Your Next Deposition
- Who– Aside from your key witnesses and opposing counsel, who else needs to be present at the deposition? Will you require a translator, videographer, court reporter? First identify the key players and determine if they will all be able to attend the deposition in person.
- Where– If you require videoconferencing for remote attendees, it’ important to plan for that in the “where” stage so a bridge line or other remote conferencing system can be set up. Additionally, you will need to determine the proper physical location for the deposition and ensure that it will meet your size and seating requirements as well as be accessible to nearby parking or public transportation. Consider also the facility’s hours and technology services. Proper advanced planning will ensure your needs are met on the day of the deposition.
- What– What services do you require? Real-time translation, day-of video files, equipment rental or other specific services? Giving advance notice to your court reporting firm and videographer allow them to best plan for the day and ensure the right team is onsite for your deposition.
- When– Scheduling details can be fluid and your court reporter is usually able to accommodate when given advanced notice. Be sure to be forthright in your communication about time, location, and services as soon as you know them and that all details are clearly spelled out in the notice.
To schedule a deposition with First Choice Reporting or make changes to a previously scheduled job, please call our scheduling department at 800-939-0093.