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A New Deposition Experience with Electronic Exhibits

We see it day in and day out: Reams of paper exhibits packed in banker’s boxes, shipped priority to mailrooms at law firms, court reporting agencies and conference centers, then loaded onto handcarts for delivery to the deposition or arbitration. If the proceedings are local, a courier or a member of the legal team wheels the exhibits to the address.

This is yet another aspect of court reporting where technology is changing the way “it’s always been done.” For instance, following and annotating realtime testimony is no longer groundbreaking. Electronic transcripts are routine, allowing the legal team to share and collaborate.

Those hard copy exhibits were the outlier in the start-to-finish electronic deposition cycle. Not anymore. Exhibits have gone electronic.

Now attorneys can introduce and mark exhibits at the deposition electronically, via iPad or notebook, by connecting to a secure, cloud-based server. This is available to all participants, whether present in the deposition room or attending remotely by videoconference or Internet streaming.

It’s the electronic equivalent of sliding a page across the table for the witness to review, and circulating copies around the room. The parties retain their personal, annotated copies of all exhibits while maintaining the integrity of the official versions.

The team here at O’Brien & Levine are proponents of practical, easily implemented technology where efficiencies and cost-savings are clearly evident. With electronic exhibits, the litigation team ameliorates labor-intensive printing, copying, packing, shipping and tracking thousands of pages.

We’re always on the lookout for services that improve productivity. If you are, too, get in touch and we’ll show you how electronic exhibits come into play around the deposition table.

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