The current uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic is not relenting. Stay-At-Home orders, while relaxing in some jurisdictions currently, are predicted to be phased in and out throughout 2020 and beyond depending on expected subsequent waves of the virus.
Courts nationwide have entered orders rejecting extending deadlines and are now requiring that depositions be taken by remote means. It is time to move forward accepting that our current circumstances are going to be here for a while.
Federal Rule 30(b)(4) provides that “[t]he parties may stipulate—or the court may on motion order—that a deposition be taken by telephone or other remote means.” Arizona RCP mirror this language.
As discussed in our article Momentum: Use It or Lose It, it is predicted that dockets will be backlogged for months. One must now seriously consider the devastating domino effect that any further delay in taking depositions will cause to their client’s matter, and their reputation.
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