Motor vehicle accidents. Workplace injuries. Assault and battery incidents. Regardless of the type of personal injury case you’re trying, you’ll need to ensure you have the right evidence and testimony in place to help your client. In the process, you’ll likely depose key parties, witnesses and experts when gathering facts to build your case. This means you’ll likely be examining and cross-examining not just parties, but a wide array of physicians, officers, and expert witnesses.
If you decide to tape your pre-trial depositions, you can use this footage at trial in a wide array of scenarios within both federal and state courts. This allows you to harness the power of video in the courtroom to impeach witnesses, secure testimony from unavailable witnesses, and more. It also allows you to capture a deponent’s non-verbal reactions to questions and exhibits, which stenographers cannot include in their deposition transcripts.
This doesn’t mean that all deposition footage you submit is admissible by default. Lawyers must follow specific steps before and during their depositions to ensure they can submit taped pre-trial deposition videos into evidence. Lawyers who turn to professional videographers, however, not only find themselves creating an intimidating environment for their deponents but also waste needless time and billable hours searching for key clips to use at trial.
Taping depositions doesn’t need to be complicated and expensive. CaptureCast Legal simplifies and centralizes these processes onto a single platform that attorneys of all technical backgrounds can control without sacrificing video and audio quality. Here’s how CaptureCast Legal can help you expand your personal injury litigation capabilities:
Have easy-to-use recording equipment that anyone can operate: Depending on your jurisdiction and the types of witnesses you’re deposing, you may need to have deposition officers or neutral individuals control your deposition recording equipment. In other states, law firm employees can record your depositions if they can competently operate your equipment. And in Texas, lawyers and parties can film depositions themselves! While the law doesn’t require you to use professional videographers to tape your deposition, opposing counsel may raise recording competency issues if you try submitting low-quality deposition footage into evidence. Naturally, you’ll want to ensure your recording system is readymade for anyone to use. Our easy-to-use, touchpad-based recording system allows anyone to successfully and competently operate your recording equipment and produce high-quality, high-fidelity videos regardless of their videography experience.
Quickly Find & Export Key Deposition Clips Using Text-based Search: Federal courts and state courts allow parties to submit portions of taped depositions into evidence while keeping your original deposition tape intact. Some states may also require you to highlight objectionable sections to suppress at trial. Preparing these clips used to entail hours of re-watching footage and expensive post-production editing. Not anymore. CaptureCast Legal turns this days-long process into one that takes minutes. Run keyword searches against your pre-trial deposition videos instead to locate relevant deposition testimony clips, just as you would when searching for information online. Once you find these clips, simply export those relevant segments for sharing with a few clicks.
Coach Your Associates and Partners on Trial Tactics: Whether you’re trying a high-stakes workplace injury case or a controversial automobile accident matter, you need to ensure your associates and partners are on the same page when creating arguments and strategies that support your client’s position. Our non-intrusive, multicamera recording system can be installed in any meeting room or mock courtroom to help you observe your team’s performance during mock trial sessions. Each video you record is automatically stored and cataloged within your own private multimedia library, allowing you to review practice footage on-demand with your lawyers anytime, anywhere on any device.
Create a Filming Environment That Encourages Witnesses to Share Helpful Testimony—During depositions, nothing is worse than trying to elicit key testimony and contradictory statements from quiet, uncomfortable, and withdrawn deponents. Conducting depositions alongside large cameras, lighting equipment, and audio equipment will certainly not help your cause here. Our high-fidelity cameras and omnidirectional microphones can be discreetly installed in your deposition recording spaces, allowing your deponents to feel more at ease on camera.
Capture Deponent Reactions and Body Language in High-Definition—Getting adverse eyewitnesses, expert witnesses, or parties to squirm in response to exhibits and questions can leave a major impression on juries. Our suite of HD cameras can capture your deponent’s responses and body language from all angles as they field your questions and review relevant evidence during taping sessions. Our installation team will also work with you to create an installation plan that maximizes the value of your office rooms as recording spaces for depositions and practice sessions.
Tape Footage that Complies with State and Federal Video Quality and Informational Requirements—Depending on your jurisdiction, you may need to submit technical information about how your deposition was recorded. New York, for example, requires all video submitted for admission to include recording speed data and other metadata that may be necessary when making copies or replaying your footage at trial. CaptureCast Legal makes this information and metadata accessible in a user-friendly way. Simply log into your media library, pull up the deposition video file you want to submit, and you’ll find this information available to review.
Securely Access and Reuse Videos Stored in Your Multimedia Library—Law firms must securely store and organize any deposition videos they take. Doing so will not only help them avoid potential spoliation and conflicts issues but will also cut the number of billable hours required to locate, edit, and export relevant testimony for current and future matters. CaptureCast Legal automatically uploads your taped depositions onto a secure, private video library that only you, your associates, and designated staff can access. This allows you to review depositions and practice footage anytime, anywhere from any device.
High-quality deposition footage can add an emotional dimension to your case that will resonate with jurors. CaptureCast Legal includes tools all attorneys need to record admissible depositions regardless of their prior videography experience. See how CaptureCast Legal can boost your personal injury litigation capabilities.
Disclaimer: This article has been prepared for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any specific issue or problem.