63 copywebVideoconferencing is a popular alternative to traditional face-to-face depositions because it is cost-effective and eliminates the need for expensive, inconvenient and stressful travel. While face-to-face interaction is most certainly preferred, video conference depositions can be a smart option, especially when you consider the travel cost and lost time for attorneys and other staff.

The Diamond Cloud connects participants through a video camera and television using IP (Internet Protocol) and/or ISDN (Integrated Services Digital Network) connections. These connections allow for simultaneous digital transmission of voice, video, data and other network services over the telephone circuits or internet networks. Using IP and ISDN, it is possible to share your electronic documents and exhibits with all videoconference participants so that everyone can see them as they are being discussed. Diamond’s 128-bit AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) makes media sharing secure.

Videoconferences can be done anywhere, including your office but many firms include court reporting services and use of their deposition center facilities in addition to the videoconference services they offer. Diamond Reporting offers the use of their  New York City area deposition centers free of charge to clients using their court reporting and legal videography services. The deposition centers are located in close proximity to law firms and courts in major metropolitan areas including Brooklyn, Manhattan, Midtown, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and the Hudson Valley. Diamond’s deposition centers are fully furnished and professionally appointed with large conference tables and comfortable chairs and are equipped with flat-screen HD TVs, DVD players, speaker phones, fax machines and copying machines. Other amenities include wireless internet and refreshments. To further assist in the videoconference deposition process, dedicated administrative professionals are on site at the deposition centers to provide any support attorneys or the deposed may require.

Many videoconference rooms and deposition centers have the ability to record depositions onto DVDs. This may be useful if you need to share the deposition later with other members of your team or if you want to present it during trial. If you would like to have this done, be sure to ask your deposition/videoconference provider to record your proceeding, because most of the time it is only done upon request. Also include a disclaimer in your deposition notice that a recording is being made.

Ultimately the decision to use videoconferencing as opposed to traveling for depositions needs to be made based on the associated costs of both methods and the value placed on face-to-face communication for that specific case. If you haven’t used videoconferencing before, contact Diamond and give it a try on your next case.

Diamond Reporting is one of New York’s largest and most respected court reporting and legal videography firms with a staff of court reporters, videographers and interpreters covering jobs in all five boroughs of New York City and surrounding areas. The agency also offers nationwide coverage. Diamond offers conveniently located full-service deposition centers. The firm specializes in all areas of litigation, from the simplest to the most complex, including personal injury, products liability, medical and legal malpractice, construction, intellectual property, commercial, maritime, matrimonial and insurance law. For more information or to schedule your next videoconference deposition, contact Diamond Reporting today.