Planet Depos Releases 2021 Annual Litigation Landscape Survey

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Global Court Reporting Company’s survey results show how legal professionals plan to participate in depositions as restrictions ease.

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Planet Depos was well versed in remote depositions long before the pandemic, using remote technology to connect attorneys in the U.S. to depositions around the globe for over a decade

Planet Depos, LLC, a global court reporting company providing best-in-class court reporting and litigation technology services, has released the results from its Annual Litigation Landscape Survey. While the legal landscape is always shifting, there have been seismic changes over the last year. Remote technology has played a critical role in keeping litigation moving forward during the pandemic, a role that will continue at least to some extent even post-COVID.

Recently, Planet Depos surveyed hundreds of attorneys and paralegals from different sized firms in various locations. The participants shared feedback related to depositions, hearings, and arbitrations, and how each was impacted by remote proceedings. Questions covered the pre-COVID legal environment, as well as a forecast for the future.

Remote depositions were the backbone for firms to continue litigation while courts were shut down during the pandemic. Planet Depos posed the question most often discussed, “When courts fully reopen, how do you intend to conduct your depositions?” 60% or more of firms plan to conduct depositions with a mixture of in-person and remote. While some respondents revealed they have no challenges conducting remote depositions, others shared their greatest challenges are related to handling exhibits effectively, awareness of visual cues and body language, and technical issues.

Although there have been many challenges and changes over the past year, the good news is that for 87% or more of respondents, the litigation pipeline is the same or busier than 2020. Similarly, results show that 72% or more of respondents are now experiencing fewer or around the same number of settlements as compared to pre-COVID. 67% or more are taking approximately the same number or more depositions now vs. pre-COVID.

The pandemic may well have ushered in a virtual litigation age that will last long after the pandemic has subsided. “Planet Depos was well versed in remote depositions long before the pandemic, using remote technology to connect attorneys in the U.S. to depositions around the globe for over a decade,” commented Billy DiMonte, Planet Depos Founder and Managing Partner. “This familiarity with the technology uniquely positioned us to be a leader in remote court reporting throughout the pandemic, even at its peak.”

As technology advances, Planet Depos will continue to lead the industry through the changes to come. DiMonte shares his excitement for the future. “While we do not know what the new normal will look like in terms of the litigation landscape, whether that be remote, in person, or a hybrid, the team at Planet Depos stands ready to continue to make it happen for our clients.”

The full survey, broken down by size of firm, is available for download.

About Planet Depos
Headquartered in Washington, DC, Planet Depos, is the only international court reporting agency led by court reporters and world-renowned industry experts. Planet Depos provides court reporting and legal technology solutions throughout the United States and abroad to international law firms, worldwide corporations, and government entities. The Company has extensive experience reporting complex matters around the globe, including arbitrations, trials, and depositions. A forward-thinking company, Planet Depos is conversant with the latest technologies and works closely with clients to implement case-winning tools.

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