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Five Reasons to Video your Next Depo

If you have yet to experience the benefits firsthand of adding a videographer to your deposition, now is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the significant benefits provided by this deposition technology.

 

Video Depositions Highlight Witness Demeanor and Behavior

A legal video deposition immediately proves advantageous when it comes to showing a witness’s emotional state.  The video will show every subtle nuance of witness reaction, including shifts in body language or emotion. These subtleties are lost on a jury by reading a deposition transcript at trial, should the witness not be available to testify.

Video Depositions Assist in Trial Preparedness

The totality of empirical evidence provided by a video deposition is a valuable ally in the trial planning process. When you are in the final stages of trial planning, reviewing these videos can help you to plan a better cross-examination strategy, or they can help you determine whether certain witnesses should even be called.

Video Tells a Better Story

At trial, you need a jury that is focused and paying attention to the details.  A deposition video is simply more engaging for the jury in this Netflix era.  When paying attention is paramount, do you believe the typical juror will pay more attention to a video or a transcript being read?

Video Depositions Can Help with Costs

Law firms small and large are looking to streamline costs, and legal video depositions can assist with just that. When expert opinions are needed, travel costs can drive up the price tag.  A video of the expert’s deposition may eliminate the need for the expert to travel to trial.  Relevant parts of the expert’s testimony can be used during the presentation of evidence and/or during closing arguments.

Using Video to Impeach a Witness

The visual impact of showing a jury video content where a witness says something different than their trial testimony is a proven tactic. Compared with reading a transcript, showing the inconsistent testimony on video is far more powerful.

When video content is used strategically, a client’s chance at receiving a favorable outcome can improve markedly. Simply put, effective and clever use of a legal video deposition can be the edge you need to win the day for your client.

This fact alone is reason enough to embrace legal video depositions. If you are ready to try video on your next deposition, contact Atkinson-Baker with any comments or questions you may have.

Fastcase App Review

A reality of 21st century lawyering is that attorneys increasingly rely on technology to make legal practice more efficient.  Smartphones have increasingly become an important part of modern living, and lawyers are increasingly turning to their favorite apps.

According to a 2016 ABA Tech Survey, Fastcase is the second most downloaded legal app by attorneys.  We will now explore some of the app’s features and the usefulness of these features to the practicing attorney.

Fastcase:  A Review of its Features and Benefits

Available for both iOS and Android, Fastcase sets itself apart from other legal apps by offering a comprehensive legal library of both state and federal law.

The app makes it easy to find what the attorney is looking for by using either the “Search Case law” or “Search Statutes” function of the app.  Using either of these features allows one to search by search phrase or citation, and the app recognizes Boolean searches that can effectively narrow search results.

An additional feature that significantly narrows case law search results is the ability to filter cases by jurisdiction.  Fastcase includes the ability to filter by federal appellate court (U.S. Supreme Court and federal circuit courts), as well as all bankruptcy courts and all state courts. Fastcase also provides visualized search results designed to help you quickly view the most relevant or most cited cases.

Case law may also be narrowed by filtering cases based on a date range or authority check, with results being sorted by:

  • Relevance to the search term or terms
  • Decision date
  • The case’s short name
  • Authority check (cited generally or cited within)

 

The ability to find the seminal case that is most cited within a given search result is, naturally, an integral aspect of effective case law research.  Fastcase clearly understands this, which is why the app helps lawyers find the most cited cases within search results at the press of a button.

Fastcase’s “Search Statutes” feature similarly allows you to filter based on statute sources, which includes federal statutes (U.S. Code), as well as state statutory codes by year.  If you are unsure of the precise statute you are looking for, the app also lets you browse federal and state statutes by title.

On the whole, the app does exactly what its name implies by making both case law and statutory research faster.  Best of all, having a substantive legal research tool on your smartphone is completely free for lawyers who are members of 28 state bar associations and dozens more voluntary bar associations.

Visit the Fastcase website to learn more about the app and their bar association subscribers to determine whether the app is a must-download that will meet your mobile research needs at no charge.

 

Exciting New Tech for Deposition Exhibits

 

 

Technology has always played a role in pushing industries forward and helping them evolve.  Use of “electronic” exhibits for depositions, in place of “hard copy” exhibits is one such area.

 

Put an End to the Hard Copy Paper Chase

Young associates know all too well the burden of organizing traditional deposition exhibits. Producing these exhibits requires photocopying, binding, labeling, and a host of other inconvenience before the exhibits are ultimately boxed up and transported to the deposition.  We have all seen a box or two of paper being lugged into a deposition conference room, either by oneself or opposing counsel.  Some of the documents will be introduced as exhibits and others may not.  Not only is this paper chase slow and burdensome, but it comes with the uncertainty of a shipment arriving late or getting lost in transit.

Use of electronic exhibits, on the other hand, provides peace of mind.  One uploads the documents beforehand, and then it is necessary to only transport a laptop or tablet, instead of hard copy documents.  The court reporter provides a screen for the witness to view the documents, and the questioning attorney controls when the document will appear for the witness to view.  Once it is determined to mark an exhibit, an electronic exhibit stamp can be placed on the document.

 

Simplify Depositions and Save Time in the Process

Our team who oversees web conference and video conference depositions has seen firsthand how valuable electronic exhibits can be and how they simplify the deposition process.  The majority of documents that today’s attorneys receive and work with are already electronic in format.  Quite frequently, these electronic documents are then printed and distributed in hard copy format to the witness, opposing counsel, and the court reporter at the deposition.  Upon deposition completion, the paper exhibits are collected by the court reporter and processed for inclusion with the transcript by being scanned back into electronic format.  As you can see, this is a roundabout way of handling exhibits – and an immense amount of extra work in a case with hundreds of documents.  In addition, personnel inefficiency, paper and ink costs, and shipping translate into unneeded expense.

From improved operational efficiency to improving the bottom line, there are many reasons electronic exhibits may be right for your legal practice.  Contact Atkinson-Baker to learn more about electronic exhibits and to discuss whether they are the right choice for your firm.

Ways to Schedule Your Deposition

It’s easy to schedule a court reporter, interpreter, or videographer to appear at your next hearing, trial, or deposition.

 

Because we take pride in a simple, no-nonsense process to get you the professionals you need, we’re constantly streamlining our technology.  For your convenience, here are the ways you can schedule with us:

Schedule Online

On the home page of our website, www.depo.com, simply click “Schedule” to be taken to our scheduling form.  You’ll need to provide simple information about the firm booking the court reporter, what services you need, and when and where you’ll need us.  You can specify whether the deposition will be telephonic or whether you will need a videographer or interpreter.  Our detailed form ensures that you are able to keep organized and ask for everything you need in one convenient place.

 

Schedule in Our Secure Client Portal

You can also schedule services using the form inside our client portal.  If you already have an account with us, you can click “Client Login” to visit our scheduling page confidentially and safely.

 

Schedule by Email

If you prefer, you can schedule a court reporter via email.  Simply attach your deposition notice to the message and email scheduling@depo.com.

 

Schedule by Phone

Need someone today or the next business day?  Just prefer to talk to a live person?  Call 800-288-3376 to reach us and book a court reporter for your trial or deposition.  Via this number, you can also reach our after-hours line if you need to get in touch in the evenings or on weekends.

 

Get in touch through any of our scheduling methods. You contact us, and we’ll handle the rest.