ST. LOUIS, MO—As social distancing, travel limitations, and working from home have become the new normal due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), a St. Louis-based litigation services company is offering trusted technology to ensure legal proceedings are able to continue.
PohlmanUSA has announced it will be offering free remote deposition services to its more than ten thousand clients nationwide and will provide support through its remote deposition logistics team. In an effort to help lawyers avoid travel and face-to-face meetings, remote depositions allow the deposition to proceed even though the witness is not in the same room as some or all of the other participating counsel. Pohlman CEO, Debbie Walters, said their company is poised to be able to help clients handle business remotely, providing a critical-need service to law firms nationally in this time of national crisis.
“We want to do everything in our power to help ensure that people are able to practice social distancing while recognizing that legal matters will still need to proceed,” said Walters. “Nearly every jurisdiction in the United States, including the federal court system, permits depositions to be conducted via remote deposition technology and we are fortunate that this is an area where our technology and capabilities are ahead of the curve in terms of industry standards. We have nearly a decade of experience working as an industry leader in remote depositions and offering those services to clients as an added convenience. Now that service may become a necessity.”
Remote Deposition technology allows pretrial depositions to be conducted without regard to the physical location of legal counsel, the deposition witness, or the court reporter. Assisted by electronic document retrieval services, a deposition conducted via videoconferencing has been proven as effective as in-person proceedings. Remote Deposition technology can also make it easier to retrieve key documents and allow multiple litigation team members to view and contribute to the deposition. The technology also allows attorneys to view the witness while ‘attending’ the deposition from their home computer, tablet or mobile device.
In light of COVID-19, courts across the United States are mandating teleconferencing and remote depositions. Go to www.pohlmanusa.com to see an up-to-date list of each court’s status across the country.