We often stress the importance of having the interpreter, court reporter and witness in the same location for remote depositions which are interpreted. The reality is sometimes that just isn’t possible. No need to panic! You can still move forward with the deposition. Do, however, make sure to take every precaution to ensure the best quality audio all around, and to give the interpreter any and all preparation materials available.
Interpreters are incredible. Their job requires tremendous professionalism, patience, and focus. It is a little more tricky in a remote deposition for a conscientious interpreter to provide accurate interpretation, so all the regular steps to guarantee the best quality audio are critical.
Set the Stage for Superior Audio! All parties should be in quiet rooms, with no (minimum) background noise. This step is easy and pretty self-evident.
Consider the Hard-Wired Connection. The last thing you want is lags in audio in an interpreted deposition. If any party has somewhat iffy internet, make them aware of this option.
Test. Yes, we’re saying it again. Test each party’s connection prior to the deposition. Eliminate any technical issues, check out your microphone, speakers, headset, all things audio related.
Help the Interpreter Help You. Prep materials are invaluable to any interpreter, and this is particularly the case when they can’t be in the same room as the witness. Names that may come up, terminology relevant to the case, etc., will be much appreciated by the conscientious interpreter. Make sure to send the reporting agency all relevant materials to help the interpreter do her job well! Examples include notices, exhibits which may be used, and lists of names that may come up.
Modify your speech. Speak a little louder, a little slower, or maybe much louder or much slower. Enunciate. Pretend Professor Henry Higgins is sitting with you jotting down in his little black book and be as elegant as possible in your speech. Mumbling cannot be interpreted!
Schedule a realistic amount of time. Remember, interpreted depositions take twice as long as non-interpreted depositions. Virtual interpreted depositions may take a little longer (you’re speaking slowly, remember), so adjust expectations accordingly and make sure the appropriate duration is allotted.
With proper preparation, remote depositions are practically in person. Pay attention to the small details to ensure everyone is seamlessly connected throughout the proceeding. Take the time to send materials for the interpreter to prepare. With everyone present and doing their respective jobs, your remote interpreted deposition will run smoothly.
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