As we’ve previously mentioned, our editor Jim Dedman is now contributing one monthly post to the North Carolina Law Blog. Yesterday, his most recent submission was published at that site. The topic: “iPads at Depositions.” In this age of tablets, laptops, and portable communication devices, Jim asks an important question with respect to discovery practice:
[W]hy are we are we continuing to bring [all] these papers with us to depositions? Well, the custom is, and the rules generally require, that the deposing lawyer provide copies of each exhibit to any lawyer present at the deposition. We also need for the witness to be able to physically hold a copy of the exhibit, which, of course becomes the property of the court reporter who attaches it to the deposition in question. Lots of paper, that.
There’s a better way.
Indeed, there is. Jim envisions a world in which trees live, thrive, and survive based without fear that they will become deposition exhibits.
There’s more, so click here to read the rest.