Guide To Legal Video - Chapter 6: The Paperwork

For any deposition, there are numerous forms you should bring you with for accurate record keeping.

The first is a script for the read-in, followed by an action log. The action log keeps track of the time when you go on and off the record, as well as the duration of the testimony between each break.

The next thing you should track is when attorneys make objections. Jot down the time in hours, minutes, and seconds of each objection. You may also want to keep notes on the nature of each objection as well. This log can be helpful if certain objections are ruled inadmissible at trial. It can also save a lot of time hunting for an objection that needs to be removed. We should note that some states actually require you to keep track of this information.

You should also make a list of all appearances and get the names, phone numbers, and business addresses of all parties present in the room. This is helpful to have in case you need to follow up with anyone later regarding copies of the deposition.

Finally, you should fill out a videographer’s certificate for each deposition that you record. The videographer’s certificate is a written document stating that you are impartial and have no vested interest in the outcome of the case.

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