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Deposition Services

Getting evidence voluntarily is preferable and follows the same basic procedures used in the United States with a few disadvantages. Here are a few:

  • Court reporters, as we have in the U.S., do not exist in all foreign countries because conducting depositions outside the courtroom is not generally done. In addition, where court reporters do exist, they are not generally legally authorized to administer oaths.
  • A forum court commission is required if the deponent's oath is sworn at a US Embassy, which can often be the only way to legally administer an oath. If not conducted at a US Embassy, you will need to determine who can validly administer the oath.
  • There are often issues of language. If the individual does not speak English, or speaks a language different than that of the participants and technicians, it is often necessary to have interpreters present. This issue also applies to written transcripts, if any.

We can arrange for any deposition services needed (where not legally prohibited). The main issue is to ensure that you are providing evidence in a manner and form that the forum U.S. court will accept.

In addition, there are often issues of language. If the individual does not speak English, or speaks a language different than that of the participants and technicians, it is often necessary to have translators and/or interpreters present. This issue also applies to written transcripts, if any. Our office can provide translators and interpreters in any language, in any country.

We can arrange for any deposition services needed (where not legally prohibited). The main issue to keep in mind is that you are providing evidence in a manner and form that the forum U.S. court will accept.