International Court Reporters – China


One of our clients two weeks ago asked us if we could provide a court reporter and legal videographer for a deposition in Dalian, China. I started researching the location and Chinese law regarding taking a deposition in Mainland China.

The first thing I found out was Dalian is a major city and seaport in south Liaoning Province in Northeast China. Using Google maps, I also learned that Dalian is over 500 miles from Shanghai. Shanghai has the nearest videoconference facility available for public use.

Upon further investigation I found out that traditionally, Chinese authorities do NOT recognize the authority or ability of foreign persons, such as American attorneys, to take voluntary depositions of willing witnesses, even before a U.S. consular officer, Article 27(1) of the U.S. – China Consular Convention of 1980 notwithstanding. The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs, reports that the United States is seeking a clarification from the People’s Republic of China regarding its recognition of the right of U.S. Consular Officers to take voluntary depositions of U.S. citizens in China.

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