Frequently Asked Questions

Does a remote deposition require any specialized equipment or software?

Not at all. Our all-inclusive approach aims to make the remote deposition process as stress-free and cost-effective as possible. All you need to conduct a deposition with Claritas is a high-speed internet connection and a computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone with both a camera and microphone.

What is a deposition with a digital reporter?

A deposition with a digital reporter is no different than one with a stenographic reporter, only the means of capture differs. Digital court reporters use state of the art recording programs with speech diarization for accurate speaker identification, that run audio through a live AI program allowing for ASR streaming viewable text. Additionally, they take annotations through the proceeding to notate things like exhibits being presented or objections occurring.

At the conclusion of the deposition, the audio along with the generated ASR transcript are provided to a certified transcription and QC team who then finalize the transcript.

Why digital and not traditional stenography?

There are many reasons to utilize a digital reporter over a traditional stenographer including but not limited to supply and demand issues plaguing the steno industry, cost transparency, speed of deliverables, and the acceptance of new and emerging technology in the legal field.

Who swears in my witness?

The digital reporter assigned to your deposition will swear in your witness, with either their local state notary or accepted Remote Online Notary (RON.)

Does Claritas offer real-time transcriptions that I can refer back to over the course of the deposition?

Yes, we do. The platform’s AI transcription feature generates a real-time transcript that you can access throughout the course of the deposition. This living transcript is easy to navigate and searchable, so attorneys can quickly refer back to a previous part of the deposition in moments.

Does the platform support the sharing of exhibits?

Yes. Any electronic exhibits or other forms of visual aid you have prepared can be uploaded prior to the start of the deposition and instantly shared with the other parties involved with a few simple clicks.

Can someone help me connect and/or present exhibits?

Yes. A technician can assist with your remote connection the morning of your proceeding, and also stay throughout the day to assist with exhibits presentation as needed.

What deliverables are available and how quickly can I have them?

A rough draft and finalized certified transcript are both available, along with a video synched to your deposition transcript if one is required. Your rough draft is available about 1-2 hours after your deposition, and the final transcript can be delivered as quickly as the same day or the next. Our standard delivery is 5 business days.

Is the platform’s connection secure?

Absolutely. We understand that the need for privacy, confidentiality, and security is paramount when it comes to online legal proceedings. Claritas utilizes cutting-edge encryption technology to ensure optimal security both during the remote deposition itself and during the storage and transfer of transcripts, audio and video recordings, etc.

Are remote depositions a legally accepted alternative to in-person depositions throughout the United States?

Though remote depositions have become common practice, particularly in the wake of the Covid-19 global pandemic, all states have their own legislation on the matter. Be sure to refer to those that apply within your jurisdiction. We are happy to check on your specific locations for you.

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