Tag: Video

Three Simple Zoom Deposition Tips + Tricks

| by Network Depo Staff

There are countless helpful tips and tricks you may want to utilize to make your deposition via Zoom the best experience possible.  By now most of us have attended Zoom depositions and feel well-versed with Zoom, but have you ever taken the opportunity to adjust your settings to your liking?

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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 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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A Practical Guide to Using Video at Trial

| by Brian L. Burchett of The Burchett Law Firm, P.C.

A picture is worth a thousand words.  Why tell the jury what the opposing party said when you can show her say it, with subtitles?  Deposition video clips are the same as the written transcript.

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Using Synchronized Video Clips to Impeach an Adverse Witness

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

Litigators have consistently told us that the use of a synchronized video clip of a deposition is one of the most powerful discovery tools available to impeach an adverse witness at trial. We have also been told that having the clips available for playback has impacted case outcomes on multiple occasions. This month’s Network News focuses on the legal aspects of making and using synchronized video clips for impeachment purposes.

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Deposition Transcripts - Who Can Get What?

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

Unlike most trial transcripts, a deposition transcript and the audio or video of deposition testimony are not public records. All parties to a case in which a deposition is taken, as well as a deponent are entitled to obtain a copy of a deposition transcript. However, there are limitations on a third party’s right to obtain a certified copy from the court reporter. 

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Emerson Electric v. Superior Court

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

This month’s post focuses on the little-known but very important case of Emerson Electric v. Superior Court (1977) 16 Cal.4th 1101. In Emerson, the California Supreme court held that a deposition is to be conducted as if the proceeding were a trial; therefore, in a videotaped deposition one is allowed to ask a deponent to reenact how an accident occurred, demonstrate a matter, or draw pictures or diagrams at a deposition.

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