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Checklist for U.S. Depositions in South Africa

The requirements for taking U.S. depositions in South Africa are straightforward and easy to follow using the Planet Depos checklist specific to South Africa.
Allowing enough time (roughly between 4-6 weeks is ideal) for scheduling depositions in South Africa is extremely important because of the logistics associated with the scheduling and planning processes. However, with teams nearby, we are often able to cover last-minute requests.

Counsel will determine whether their witness is willing to be deposed. If so, both parties can agree to stipulate the oath and begin the process of setting up the deposition.

South Africa is a party to The Hague Evidence Convention; however, prior permission for taking depositions of citizens of South Africa is not required.  If you need assistance, contact the Planet Depos International Scheduling Department.

  1. Select the deposition services needed:
    • U.S.-trained court reporter
    • U.S.-trained legal videographer
    • Any language interpreter
  2. What is the location of the deposition in South Africa?
    • Do you need Planet Depos to reserve a conference room for you?
  3. If not participating in person, do you require videoconferencing services? (If not, please skip to the next item on the checklist).
    • Do you need a location in South Africa?
    • Will you need a location in the United States?
    • Can you attend from your firm’s videoconference suite?
    • Ask about Planet Depos’ Mobile Videoconferencing capabilities!
    • Document Production
      • Do you need assistance with exhibit printing?
  4. Select your deposition date
    • Start time
    • End time
  5. Visa Restrictions:
    • There is no visa required for travel to South Africa at this time if visiting for a period of 90 days or less; however, your passport must be valid for 30 days beyond your intended period of stay. It is highly recommended that you have at least 6-months’ validity past the point of your return to the U.S. on your passport for any international travel.  For more information, please consult the U.S. State Department or contact Planet Depos’ International Scheduling Department.
  6. Make travel arrangements
    • Flight
    • Lodging
      • Contact Planet Depos for information about corporate discounts with our partner hotels
    • Car rental
  7. Send a protective order to Planet Depos for representatives to sign (if applicable)
  8. Have you filled out the Planet Depos Standing Order Form? It’s an easy process that takes less than 60 seconds and will let us know:
    • Transcript turnaround time (regular or expedited)
    • Who should receive the Rough ASCII and final transcript
    • The number of realtime laptops that are needed
    • Preferred video format (DVD, MPEG1, Loaded DVD, Synchronized Viewer)
  9. Send out Notice of Deposition to all counsel, your witness, and Planet Depos
  10. Send prep materials to Planet Depos for reporter’s deposition preparation:
    • Notice of deposition
    • Complaint
    • Subpoena
    • Previous transcript(s)
    • Word index
  11. Obtain emergency contact information for Planet Depos representatives
  12. Provide emergency contact information of counsel

Travel safely to South Africa and contact Planet Depos with any questions once you’ve arrived!

Did you know?  There are eleven official names of South Africa, one in each of its eleven official languages.


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