Taking depositions remotely is going to be the new normal for a while. Here’s what you need to know to get started.
• FAST INTERNET! A good internet connection is critical to successful videoconferencing. Hardwire your device to the internet via an Ethernet cord if possible. If connecting via WiFi, be as close to the router as possible and make sure that other people at your location are not using a lot of bandwidth (gaming, streaming movies, etc.).
Check your speed! Go to speedtest.net and follow the prompts. For tablets and phones, you can download a speedtest app from the app store. Recommended upload/download speed is 1.5 mbps or higher.
• COMPUTER, iPAD, TABLET or other MOBILE DEVICE to connect to the internet. If you’re using a laptop or desktop computer, make sure you have a web cam and microphone. Consider using headphones with a built-in microphone to improve audio quality.
HOW IT WORKS
We will send you a link to join the meeting.
After you enter the meeting, you will be prompted to choose your preferred audio connection (computer audio or call in on a phone). Computer audio generally works very well, but if you experience problems with echoing or feedback, we will ask you to log out, mute your computer microphone, and call in on landline or cell phone when you log back in.
If this is your first experience with remote videoconferencing or you just want a refresher, we are happy to walk you through it. Contact us to set up a test. We’ll make sure you know how to connect and we’ll go over the basic controls (start/stop audio and video, chat function, screen sharing).
Prior to the deposition, email your potential exhibits to us. We will create hyperlinks and send them to you in an email. During the deposition, you can click on a hyperlink to open the exhibit and share your screen so everyone can view it. If you decide to mark that exhibit, all you need to do is cut and paste the hyperlink in the chat box and type in the exhibit number. Your reporter will be able to assist with this process.
CHARGES ASSOCIATED WITH AUDIO AND VIDEOCONFERENCING ARE WAIVED THROUGH MAY 1, 2020