As a court reporting agency, we understand the value of time, organization, and partnership with paralegals in serving clients. During this time of COVID-19, we’ve had to make adjustments to our Phoenix court reporting but rest assured, Herder and Associates is serving clients with the same integrity and on-time delivery as always. We’re ready to take remote video depositions for you and your clients in Phoenix and across the Valley.
Let’s get ready…set…remote video depositions!
While the world seems to be changing by the minute, we understand your cases are still happening and we are here to help with video depositions in these ways:
- Scheduling all parties for the remote video depositions.
- Preparing witnesses, including testing their equipment.
- Coordinate scheduling changes.
In other words, let Herder and Associates handle before, during, and after the deposition so you can focus on your case and clients.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have scheduled dozens of weekly depositions via Zoom and will continue to do so. That moves your practice, paralegals, and client cases forward, so you’re not stuck in a never ending loop of continuances because you were not able to have deposition transcripts ready on-time.
Why are many attorneys seeking continuances?
The primary reason the parties seek continuances is because they hope physical distancing and stay-at-home orders will be lifted to allow for in-person depositions. Reviewing the daily Arizona Department of Health COVID-19 Dashboard, it would seem this virus is here to stay. At this time, it is simply not feasible for the Court to extend deposition deadlines until a time when they can safely be conducted in-person because we don’t know when that will happen.
For the foreseeable future, remote video depositions are the best alternate to get cases through the court system. We are telling our clients and court reporters to not expect this to change any time soon.
Parties and their counsel should not expect to be able to conduct in-person depositions. The norm, at least for now, is that we are doing remote depositions.
What are the legalities of conducting a remote video deposition?
The judicial acceptance of remote depositions is substantially complete. The Federal Civil Rules Handbook states that, “Generally, leave to take depositions by remote means will be granted liberally.”
In other words, when utilizing deposition best practices, a remote deposition holds the same weight in court as an in-person deposition. The court does not view them differently.
At Herder and Associates, we coordinate all aspects of the depositions on your behalf and to the best of our ability. This includes preparing witnesses and taking care of the technical aspects of a deposition.