Due to concerns arising from COVID-19, your company may opt for digital solutions to effectively facilitate remote depositions and videoconferencing. As courts continue to delay proceedings, it allots some with more time for preparation. Regardless of prevalent contagions, here are top reasons to consider leveraging advanced technology and remote access for videoconferencing, or deposing a witness.
Despite different geographical locations, remote depositions and videoconferencing enable intercommunication between attorneys, witnesses, and deponents. They include live interaction with a court reporter and the use of electronic exhibits. Digitally-conducted depositions and videoconferences are more efficient and produce superior results, especially for juries, judges, and clients.
Per the April 3, 2020, South Carolina Supreme Court Order, “[n]otaries who are authorized to administer oaths may administer oaths utilizing remote communication technology in the case of depositions.” Click here to read the entire Order.
Physically traveling to a deposition often results in uncontrollable circumstances, e.g., weather, traffic, illness, emergencies, etc., forcing last-minute cancellations and delays. For instance, this year has been exceptionally unpredictable. The travel ban alone caused many setbacks for companies worldwide. Travel is not required to videoconference with clients or depose a witness. Thus, increasing overall predictability and productivity.
Cost-Efficacy, Health & Productivity
Considering the lost-time and cost involved in national and international travel reimbursement (hotel, mileage, tickets, meals, other reimbursable expenses), travel to a short deposition may consume upwards of 2-days, severely decreasing productivity and cost-efficacy. Additionally, traveling increases the chances of contracting illnesses due to exposure, lack of sleep, stress, etc., jeopardizing the health and well-being of employees, disrupting workflows, and prompting more delays. The time lost should be spent preparing for cases, or deposing multiple witnesses from the comfort of your home or office.
Depositions conducted early in a case may cause expeditious settling, by revealing witness credibility. Counsel is afforded the opportunity to detect deception or dishonesty. If a key-witness is deemed unreliable, it often forces counsel to settle. Thus, saving time and other expenses stemming from lengthy, drawn-out cases.
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