Attorneys preparing civil litigation matters for trial or arbitration take depositions to discover information, gather evidence, pin down a witness’ version of the facts in dispute, learn the identity of other witnesses and documents, etc. The procedural rules governing depositions, such as the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure or the California Code of Civil Procedure set forth the rules governing depositions. The procedural rules permit videotaped depositions.
However, attorneys traditionally have relied entirely on a written stenographic record, using court reporters to transcribe depositions using shorthand and then transcripts of the deposition testimony which would be read to judges and juries during trial. For over fifty years, the written transcript has been and continues to be the main source of gathering evidence for presentation at a jury trial in civil litigation matters.
While videotaped depositions have been around for twenty years, the cost and ease of videotaping depositions and making short, edited “clips” of depositions for use at trial has decreased with better technology.
Still, many attorneys do not use videotaped depositions or, if they do, they only videotape the depositions of key witnesses in a case. Attorneys get frustrated with having to get “mic'd up” when entering/exiting a deposition and having to stop depositions to “change the tape” when working with older technologies.
With our deposition videography service, we seek to change the way attorneys view videotaped depositions by relying on the latest digital technology, wireless microphones and new software programs that make it easy to present video clips at trial using an iPad or similar mobile device.
Our goal is to market its services to attorneys and to demonstrate that it is essential to videotape all depositions during the preparation of a case for trial. We can also sync the deposition video to the transcript and provide video excerpts at all civil litigation matters to show a witness changing his/her answers under oath.