In light of COVID-19 in 2020, many businesses had to rearrange how they functioned in order to mind social distancing guidelines and prevent the spread of illness. Within the legal system, similar changes have been made. Some components of legal processes are now happening remotely, so the possibility of being called for a remote litigation deposition is more likely than ever. If you receive a notification that you will have to take part in a remote legal deposition, you will likely have a few questions. Here is a look at some of those questions and the answers you will want to know.
How does getting sworn in work remotely?
Many states have now made adjustments so people who have to give a deposition can be sworn in remotely. Therefore, the process will look much the same, but it will involve someone swearing you in from a remote location. In states where remote swearing-in is not yet allowed, you may be required to submit your commitment to stating honest facts with a written document that you sign.
What electronic platform will be used for the deposition?
Naturally, the interaction has to be completely secure, so most court systems will utilize a private platform to conduct the deposition. Usually, your attorney will give you details about where to go online in order to complete the deposition. You may be given a private link that you have to navigate to in order to reach the platform or virtual meeting room where the interview will take place. Some court systems have their own platforms created specifically for remote litigation and remote court attendance as well.
Who will be present during the remote litigation process?
Just as it would be in a courtroom or private meeting room, there will be several people present during the process. You may see your attorney, an opposing attorney, a court reporter, and possibly a mediator or judge. Each meeting participant will be portrayed on the screen.
What if you don't have equipment for the remote deposition?
If you do not have a computer, web-enabled camera, or reliable internet service, it is important that you let your attorney know as soon as you are notified of a remote deposition. Your attorney will likely make arrangements for you to access the equipment elsewhere or put off the meeting until it is possible for it to be held in-person. In special cases, you may be allowed to offer your deposition at the attorney's office with special arrangements made to maintain social distancing.Share