Due to the 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.
Remote depositions and videoconferences enable intercommunication between attorneys and witnesses despite large geographical distances. They include live interaction with a court reporter, and 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.
Matters out of your control may occur while physically traveling to a deposition, e.g. weather, traffic, illness, emergencies, etc., leaving you behind schedule and forced to cancel last-minute. Recently, things have been exceptionally unpredictable, so meeting clients remotely can save on the unpredictability of travel involved and lead to increased productivity.
Cost-Efficacy, Health & Productivity
Considering the price of national and international travel reimbursement (overnight stay, reimbursable expenses, mileage, tickets) and lost time, an 8-hour roundtrip to another state for a short deposition may consume 2-days, severely decreasing productivity and cost-efficacy. The lost time in travel alone could be spent deposing multiple witnesses from the comfort of your home or office.
Additionally, traveling jeopardizes the health and general well-being of employees by increasing the chances of contracting illnesses due to exposure, lack of sleep, stress, etc. Depositions conducted early in a case cause expeditious settling. The credibility of key witnesses is revealed and potentially deemed unreliable, forcing counsel to settle. Thus, saving time and other expenses stemming from lengthy, drawn-out cases.
Legal Eagle is committed to decreasing the transmission of COVID-19. We urge our employees, independent contractors, and clients to follow the instructions set by the Centers for Disease Control, and disclose if they are exhibiting symptoms or have traveled to locations on the CDC watchlist to protect all parties involved.