Scheduling or Attending a Remote Deposition

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

In light of the recent changes to the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) and the ongoing spread of COVID-19, this month’s Network News revisits the rules for scheduling or attending a remote deposition. As provided below, there may be instances where the deponent’s right to attend remotely and the taking attorney’s right to attend the deposition in person poses a conflict.

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NEW LAWS OF CIVIL PROCEDURE

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

As previewed in our September Network News, Governor Newsom signed California Senate Bill 1146 on September 18, 2020. The bill became law when signed, effectively amending Sections 1010.6 and 2025.310 and replacing Section 599 of the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP). The changes solidify the future use of remote depositions and electronic service of documents in civil litigation.

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REMOTE LEGAL TECHNOLOGY IS HERE TO STAY

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

During California’s declared State of Emergency we have all had to familiarize ourselves with electronic filings, service and remote appearances. As we move forward, it looks as though many of these changes will become a permanent part of how we practice law.  

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California Superior Court Scheduling Updates

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

COVID-19’s effect on the ability to schedule a hearing or trial in California Superior Courts is changing day-to-day.

Below are some of the changes affecting civil trials and hearings that have occurred since our July Network News. We have also provided the website for each court so you can stay up-to-date on any future changes.

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Remote Deposition Exhibits

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

As we approach July, most of us are comfortable with the basics of taking a remote deposition. In this month’s Network News we will be discussing the handling of exhibits. 

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Remote Deposition Traps to Avoid

| by Heather Duncan, Esq. and Manette Mays, Litigation Support Consultant

Now that we have been “sheltered-in-place” for the last eight weeks, most of us have had a chance to appear via web cam for meetings and depositions. Below are tips from attorneys, court reporters and videographers on ways to avoid traps for the unwary.

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