When an attorney or expert witness can participate in or view the proceedings from a remote location, specifically from their home, office, or while travelling, the deposition in a sense has become “mobile.” A mobile deposition also allows a witness to be deposed from a remote location, such as taking the deposition of an incapacitated witness or a person who is confined to a hospital or other healthcare facility.
Today’s mobile deposition can consist of:
- Standard videoconferencing equipment (Polycom, Tandberg, etc.)
- Web videoconferencing using a computer, iPad (tablet), or cell phone
- Internet realtime streaming (with support for realtime-compatible litigation software products – e.g., LiveNote, CaseViewNet, Summation, Bridge, etc.)
- Certified legal video streaming
Depending on whether an attorney would like to participate in the deposition or only view the proceedings, mobile deposition services can be chosen à la carte to accommodate most scenarios that arise due to a busy schedule or urgent need. An attorney who plans on questioning the witness from a remote location will want to participate via standard or web videoconferencing and may also require the ability to view the transcript as it is being created in realtime. An expert witness or co-counsel may only want to view the internet-streamed video from the legal videographer. Regardless of the needs that each unique deposition may bring, court reporting and litigation support firms across the country are capable of virtually bringing these services to any location with an internet connection. Those attorneys who are unexpectedly taken away from computer access can call into the deposition from a cell phone or speakerphone and be linked together with standard videoconferencing and web videoconferencing participants in order to participate.
There are also scenarios that arise where an attorney would like to view a deposition that took place hours or days before that they were not able to attend due to scheduling conflicts. Even though the court reporter is able to send the client a rough draft of the transcript, the ability to watch the video from a computer before it has been produced and shipped by the certified legal videographer allows an attorney to view and hear the actual proceedings as if they had been present at the deposition location. With on-demand viewing of previously-streamed legal video feeds and videoconferenced (including web-videoconferenced) depositions and meetings, one can view an entire day’s worth of testimony at their convenience or have an expert witness provide valuable input from the convenience of their own office or home.