Remote Court Hearing Services
Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporters for remote Hearings, Trials, Proceedings, Motions, and more.
Illinois courts have recently begun holding hearings and other proceedings remotely via Zoom or other web conferencing programs.
Lake Cook Reporting provides state-certified court reporters for hearings in any jurisdiction in Illinois. Contact us today for coverage for your next hearing or other proceeding.
Our Remote Hearings Process:
- Schedule court reporting services with our company.
- Share with us a court-provided Zoom link or, alternatively, we can generate a meeting link.
- Our court reporter will join the meeting 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time.
- Conduct your remote hearings with peace of mind
Illinois Counties Served for Remote Hearings:
- Lake County | Winnebago County
- Cook County | St. Clair County
- DuPage County | Champaign County
- McHenry County | Sangamon County
- Kane County | Peoria County
- Kankakee County | Rock Island County
- Will County | LaSalle County
- Peoria County | Kendall County
- McLean County | Tazewell County
- Madison County | DeKalb County
- And all counties in the state of Illinois.
Legal Rulings on Remote Hearings & Depositions
State of Illinois
The State of Illinois decreed that “[d]uring the duration of the Gubernatorial Disaster Proclamation related to the outbreak of COVID-19, the requirement that a person must ‘appear before’ a Notary Public commissioned under the laws of Illinois pursuant to the Illinois Notary Act, 5 ILCS 312/6-102, is satisfied if the Notary Public performs a remote notarization via two-way audio-video communication technology, provided that the Notary Public commissioned in Illinois is physically within the State while performing the notarial act and the transaction follows the guidance posted by the Illinois Secretary of State on its website.”
On April 29th, the IL Supreme Court published an order to clarify these changes in to Rule 206(h). In addition, they added two new sections to state that any time spent “addressing necessary technology issues shall not count against the time limit for the deposition” and “No recording of a remote electronic means deposition shall be made other than the recording disclosed in the notice of deposition."
Rule 30 of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure already allowed parties to stipulate the use of a remote court reporter: "Unless the parties stipulate otherwise, a deposition must be conducted before an officer appointed or designated under Rule 28."
Court proceedings have received similar flexibility from Rule 43: “For good cause in compelling circumstances and with appropriate safeguards, the court may permit testimony in open court by contemporaneous transmission from a different location.”
Illinois Supreme Court Ruling
Effective immediately and until further order of the Court, paragraph (h) of Illinois Supreme Court Rule 206 is temporarily amended as follows:
(h) Remote Electronic Means Depositions. Any party may take a deposition by telephone, videoconference, or other remote electronic means by stating in the notice the specific electronic means to be used for the deposition, subject to the right to object. For the purposes of Rule 203, Rule 205, and this rule, such a deposition is deemed taken at the place where the deponent is to answer questions. Except as otherwise provided in this paragraph (h), the rules governing the practice, procedures and use of depositions shall apply to remote electronic means depositions.
Getting started with Zoom
Training Materials for Attorneys, Paralegals & Witnesses
Please click the links below to learn how to get started with Zoom. We have PDFs, videos, and PowerPoint presentations for Zoom training. We cover the basics through advanced features to make you an expert in video conference depositions. Please save this link as a reference before your next remote hearings or depositions!
Click the links below for PDFs, Videos and PowerPoint presentations on Zoom remote depositions
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Remote Deposition & Hearing Testimonials
Pam from Hennessy & Roach, P.C.
“We have had the opportunity to work with Lake Cook Reporting for several years now and find them to be amazing. They are extremely professional, timely and efficient. When I call them for a deposition, everything is set up in a matter of no time, and Patty or Jennifer are always wonderful to follow up prior to the deposition to confirm and see if any further assistance is needed on their end.
Over the last few months with all the changes to the legal community brought on by the Covid-19 Pandemic, we have begun utilizing them more and more for video conference (Zoom) depositions, and each and every time, it takes only one call and within a matter of no time, Greg has everything set up and ready to go. I am even more impressed that each time, he makes sure that contact is made with the deponent prior to the deposition to ensure everything is working properly and set to go.
Overall, if you are looking for a company that can handle all your deposition/meeting needs promptly and efficiently, and if you want wonderful customer service that is far above and beyond what other companies offer, Lake Cook Reporting is the company you are looking for. We could not do our job without them! They get an A+ all across the board.”
“Lake Cook Reporting did a great job coordinating and hosting our depositions. Technical support was available for trial runs with deponents unfamiliar with videoconferencing. They also addressed technical issues and demonstrated to counsel how to publish deposition exhibits.”Gregg from Olson, Grabill & Flitcraft
“Lake Cook Reporting helped make what could have been a difficult task, arranging depositions via video conferencing last minute, go smoothly. All communication with them was clear and timely and the deposition itself went as planned. Would definitely use them for future depositions.”Lisa from Kennedy, Kennedy & Ives
“When COVID-19 hit, many of our depositions had to be converted to Zoom. Lake Cook Reporting truly proved to be a godsend in our moment of crisis. They quickly demystified the Zoom process and restored our confidence that we could produce high quality video depositions with their expert technical assistance. They are definitely my “go to” people for videotaped Zoom depositions, regardless of location.”Todd from the Melton Law Firm, LLC