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Embracing Legal Deposition Technology

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Innovations in technology are transforming every aspect of life – including the legal industry. Embracing new tech trends is a significant step and requires careful consideration. Change can be hard, but the benefits of legal deposition technology should not be overlooked. The tech-savvy litigator has many avenues available to lighten the workload and increase success.

Three Types of Legal Deposition Technology

Pre-Deposition Technology

Sorting through thousands of documents during the initial discovery phase takes time. Litigators and Paralegals are responsible for finding the most relevant evidence in a mountain of work, categorizing, labeling, and annotating each piece. This time-intensive process aids the litigator in constructing a deposition strategy. Several technological solutions make this process more efficient and even more productive, including:

  • Electronic Document Review Platforms for reviewing electronic versions of documents in their native format. The piles of papers are reduced to efficient files for easy review and collaboration.
  • Electronic Document Management for organizing, tagging and annotating electronic documents.
  • Private Document Annotationsoftware allows paralegals and attorneys to make electronic annotation and take notes without the need of a separate “clean” version.
  • Video isn’t a new technology but remains one of the most important deposition technologies. It allows you to accurately present the witness testimony in a compelling and attention-grabbing way.
  • Live Transcriptsenable viewers to follow a deposition actively. Some solutions pair with other deposition software to allow you to make annotations.
  • Teleconferencing brings people together across distance boundaries. Litigators can conduct remote depositions, make conference calls and conduct business from any location around the world.
  • Electronic Exhibits are quickly gaining popularity. They allow litigators and paralegals to manage, share and use exhibits electronically, instead of through the traditional paper copies. This technology increases efficiency and reduces office costs.
  • Document Management continues to allow the effective management of the multiple documents compiled before and during deposition.
  • Review Systems take management a step further by allowing an attorney to broadly view documents, evidence and specific testimonies.
  • Online Repositories keep exhibits stored safely. Available through court reporting firms, vendors and apps, these cloud-centered storage solutions save space and increase productivity.

During Deposition Technology

Depositions are vital. A wide range of deposition technologies is available to help create a powerful trial presentation. Some of the most popular options include:

Post-Deposition Technology

Although the deposition is finished, the work is not complete. Deposition technology aids in reviewing the produced evidence in specific ways:

Key Benefits of Adopting Digital Deposition Technologies

It can be difficult to transition from a tried-and-true system to a new technology. There is simply the fear of the unknown. However, litigators don’t have to leap into a fully tech-based deposition system from the start. Just a few key changes and integrations can introduce an office to the world of legal deposition technology. The benefits of adopting digital technology are:

Increased Productivity and Smoother Schedules

Stacks and stacks of papers, late nights, hard copy after hard copy, trying to schedule multiple in-person depositions – the list is endless. Deposition technologies streamline the processes, increase communication and coordinate schedules while reducing the stacks of paper. Remote deposition technology allows litigators, witnesses and observers to attend and participate regardless of geographical location, saving both time and travel costs.

Stronger Team Communication and Collaboration

Cloud-based software allows teams to communicate in organized and efficient ways. Paralegals and litigators can easily track progress, collaborate and share files from remote locations. Solutions such as Factbox and AllegoryLaw go beyond the typical workshare spaces by allowing deposition preparation, annotation, cross-referencing and review. All involved parties have immediate access to the necessary files and stamped exhibits without having to wait for delivery. Even the sticky note becomes a thing of the past through even the simplest handheld technology.

Security for Sensitive Information

Cybercrime is a hot topic and leaves many professionals worrying about the security of digital technology. Digital exhibit technology employs encryption and high-level security measures to ensure the safety of all information. In fact, it can be less risky than carrying papers around and storing them in trunks and files. Password-protected information increases security and reduces risk.

Improving the Deposition Process

Streamlining the deposition process through the integration of technology gives law offices an unprecedented reach. No longer is time and location an impeding factor. Remote access, strong team collaboration and document organization increases productivity in a cost-effective manner. By adopting innovative legal technology, lawyers can improve the deposition process for the benefit of their clients.