International Deposition

Planning an International Deposition

How to Plan an International Deposition

So, it’s time to plan an international deposition. What do you do now? Additionally, who do you call? What should you know? Here are a few tips that might help the next time you’re faced with a deposition in another country.

Tips from a global scheduler!

Plan Ahead

Make sure you can serve and host a U.S. deposition in the country your witness is located. Research all the rules and requirements ahead of time or ask one of our global schedulers to help do the research for you.

The success of your deposition can lie in the planning. Always use a trusted, experienced global court reporting firm like Orange Legal when scheduling an international deposition. All depositions are not created equal!

Understand that stenographic court reporters and legal videographers are very rare and might not be available in the country in which you are wanting to host a deposition. You might have to fly a court reporter or legal videographer in from a neighboring country. We have resources worldwide that can cover jobs, and find the best ways to cover your needs.

Giving a month’s notice is always best, but don’t stress if you can’t; Orange Legal can work on shorter notice. Nevertheless, it is important to understand the difference between domestic and international depositions. The more time given to plan, the better.

Have a range of dates in mind. This will allow for the global scheduler to seek out a reporter as well as a location. Without a date range, it is very hard to see if a location is available or find a reporter. Moreover, pricing changes, so the more you know, the easier it is to give an estimate for the services you are looking for.

Give an estimate of how long you expect the deposition to go.

Many international reporters will charge on time reserved. If you expect the depo to go two hours and tell the reporter six, don’t be surprised if you are billed for six.

Will you be needing an interpreter?

Be sure to let the scheduler know what kind of interpreter is needed. Be specific on the dialect of the language. Many international interpreters bill on time reserved, have a travel fee, and have a time minimum.

Let the scheduler know if you are planning on attending via video conference.

Prior notification allows them to find the best location that offers video conferencing and has a strong wi-fi. Let them know if the person you are deposing can travel and how far they are willing to travel. This will help when looking for a location. Learn more about Orange Legal video conferencing.

Ask Questions

Whether you choose Orange Legal to assist you or go with another agency, make sure you are working with an experienced global scheduler. Here are some questions you may want to ask.

  1. What are the laws for hosting a depo in this country?
  2. Can I serve a subpoena in this country?
  3. Do I need to get the embassy involved?
  4. What is the time difference?
    Knowing what the business hours are in the country you are looking to set a depo can help you reduce your invoice. If a job is set to start in the United States at 12 p.m., and you are taking a depo in the UK, you are looking at a start time of 5 p.m. Furthermore, chances are your rate will be higher since you are outside normal business hours.
  5. Are there travel fees?
  6. Will the deposition be an automatic order?
  7. What is the cancellation policy?
  8. Am I going to be billed on time reserved?
  9. Is there a page minimum requirement if it does not order?
  10. Will the video conference link be tested the day before?