ABI Reporter – April 2020


ABI Reporter – April 2020

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  • Tools for Web Conferencing
  • What States Allow Remote and/or Online Notarization
  • FAQs Reporting a Remote Deposition
  • Summary of Recently-Created Financial Resources
  • How to Conduct Depositions Remotely
  • Handling of Exhibits for Remote Depositions
  • Trailing Off with the Word “So”

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Here are some reporter-focused articles relevant to our changing environment.

I hope you can take some time to reflect and to disengage from the daily whirl. Step back and reorient to your life purposes and to what is important to you. You are in the driver’s seat.

Thank you for all you are doing to help yourself and others to stay uplifted and to be safe.


Tools for Web Conferencing

By Lynette Mueller

In the legal environment that court reporters work in, many clients wish to attend depositions remotely for various reasons. With the high costs of airline travel and the expenses associated with it comes the need to find affordable solutions to take depositions critical to a litigator’s case.

Of course, there’s always the telephonic deposition, which is a good option but not always what an attorney is needing. The traditional videoconferencing hardware can be quite expensive for the small- to medium-sized court reporting firm to purchase and not a great option for those times when the need arises to conduct a deposition remotely. “Web conferencing” is an online service by which you can hold live meetings, conferencing, presentations, and trainings via the internet particularly on TCP/IP connections. You can connect to the conference either by telephone or by using your computer’s speakers and microphone through a VOIP connection.

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What States Allow Remote and/or Online Notarization


Please note that each state’s notarization laws are different and may only apply to specific proceedings. Please check with your State Notary, Secretary of State, or other regulatory agency for your state’s specific remote notarization or oath administration laws. Lastly, the information provided is not intended, nor should it be construed, to be legal advice. Members with particular needs concerning the specific issues mentioned should seek the guidance or retention of competent counsel. If you have any additional updates or changes to this information, please contact NCRA Director of State Government Relations Jocelynn Moore at jmoore@ncra.org.

Faced with both the need to practice safety in this health crisis and yet the need to allow justice to continue its work, many court reporters are attempting to make the remote office accessible for courtrooms and depositions. Keep in mind that for some states and for some officials, their ability to swear in a witness is embedded within their licenses or within their official duties as a court reporter.

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