Training Guide

Remote Depositions


Training Guide

Remote Depositions

Remote or in person

What’s Covered

  • Vendors and technology
  • Witness preparation
  • Exhibits 
  • Taking the remote deposition

Before the Session

Prepare the Attendees

Send the attendees an invitation for the session. Include this link, which has the videos and exercise they’ll need to prepare.

Prepare Yourself

Watch the videos and read the exercise so you’re familiar with the Hotshot material.

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    Remote Depositions

    Considerations for taking, defending, and preparing for a remote deposition, including technology challenges, ethical issues, handling exhibits, and prepping a witness for the remote format.

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    Remote Depositions


During the Session

Part 1: Knowledge Check

Ask attendees these questions to ensure they understand the topic:

  • What are some benefits of remote depositions?
  • Will your witness prep differ if the deposition is being conducted remotely?
  • What are some concerns you’d have defending a deposition remotely? How will you address them?
  • What are some concerns you’d have taking a deposition remotely? How will you address them?
  • What are some differences with exhibits in a remote deposition?

Part 2: Group Exercise

Lead a group discussion based on the exercise. To encourage collaboration, divide the attendees into groups to discuss the exercise, then have a representative from each group summarize their views to the larger group. Call on people to share their thoughts and ask others to respond.

Tip for remote sessions: use your web conferencing system’s breakout room feature to divide people into groups.

Part 3: War Stories and Firm Specifics

Share your own experiences and guidance, including:

  • Anecdotes and war stories (e.g., about a near-disaster or a tough negotiation)
  • General practice tips (dos and don’ts)
  • Firm-specific guidance and practices

After the Session

To continue their learning, attendees can check out related courses in Hotshot’s Depositions topic.

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