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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Depositions from Home

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

Due to current public health concerns, this month’s Network News will revisit the rules and platforms available for taking and attending depositions remotely.

Although a deposition done in-person is generally preferable, there are times that a remote deposition makes more sense. In the past, the usual reason given for remote depositions was to save money. Now, the best reason may be to prevent the potential spread of germs.  

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Taking Notice

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

In response to questions from our readers, this month we will review the basic rules for noticing a deposition in California State Court.

Deposition notices for cases filed in California State Courts are governed by the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) Sections 2025.010-2025.290.

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NEW YEAR, NEW LAWS 2020

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

As we have come to expect, Californians rang in 2020 with hundreds of new state laws addressing a wide range of issues.

Here is a brief overview of 10 laws that may affect you in the coming year.

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Reporters are Impartial Officers of the Court

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

By now, most of us understand that during a deposition the court reporter is an impartial officer of the court entrusted with taking down a verbatim record of what is said. What may not be as clear is that the reporter’s duty of neutrality extends well beyond the time on the record.

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Recording a FINRA Arbitration

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

Image by Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA [CC BY 2.0]

Upon occasion, Network Deposition Services is asked to provide a certified shorthand reporter to cover an arbitration for FINRA. FINRA, the private self-regulatory organization that regulates many aspects of the security industry, follows its own unique set of procedural rules and regulations. 

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CONFIDENTIALITY

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

In our February 2017 Network News, we outlined upon the basics of deposition confidentiality. This month, we explore some of the more specific and nuanced aspects of confidentiality, both in depositions and in court proceedings.

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