Plan Early

Give yourself a minimum of 4-6 weeks to plan, because it will take some time to get your business visa. The further you plan ahead, the more likely it is that you’ll be able to locate and book the right professionals for your deposition.

Location Restrictions

Taking voluntary depositions of U.S. citizens in India can be conducted without prior permission. However, voluntary depositions of Indian or third country nationals will require prior permission from the Indian Central Authority for the Hague Evidence Convention.

Depo Venue

Once approved, depositions in India can take place at the venue of your choosing, whether that be a hotel room, law firm office, conference room, or videoconferencing facility.

Visa Requirements

All U.S. citizens traveling to India will need to apply for a business visa before travel. To get a business visa you will need a Letter of Invitation from an Indian law firm or Indian company. For more information please visit: Official Partner of Embassy of India at Cox & Kings Global Services.

Court Reporters

Although there are currently no certified, English-language court reporters or legal videographers based in India, you can have qualified personnel flown in from a nearby country.

Hague Evidence Convention

India is a member of the Hague Evidence Convention. Find out more about the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil or Commercial Matters.

Useful Links

U.S. State Department
Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses
Blog article
Organizing a U.S. Deposition in India
U.S. Embassy
New Delhi

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Video tips

Let our experts walk you through the process of setting up a deposition in India.

How to set up a deposition in India

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in India.

How to swear in a witness abroad

Ian Hardy, President of Optima Juris, discusses essential tips and know-how to correctly administer the oath during an international deposition.

Case Study: New Delhi

A Passage To India

Challenge
A Canadian firm must examine key witnesses, but a volcano in Iceland is blocking all air traffic in and out of India.
Solution
We acted immediately, mobilizing one of our UK-based court reporters to take the record over the phone. For added assurance of a crystal-clear audio backup, we provided a local sound engineer for free. Our local deposition interpreter provided flawless interpretation for the witnesses from Hindi to English. Result: a perfect success for our client.

Expert info, tips & advice

Sharing our over 17 years of international deposition experience with you.

Organizing a U.S. Deposition in India

India is an enormous and varied country with a plenitude of languages, culinary taste and history. As an emerging global powerhouse, India is on track to overtake China as the world’s largest economy by 2030, and projected to grow more than 30 percent in the information technology sector by the end of 2015. As India’s economy and global presence grows, so does the demand for U.S. depositions, litigation and arbitrations taking place in India.

Infographic: 5 Tips for Swearing In a Witness Abroad

Have a witness you need to depose in a foreign country? Wondering how you can administer the oath correctly? There are a number of possible solutions available for swearing in a witness outside of the U.S. Our quick and easy infographic provides some practical suggestions based on our extensive experience scheduling depositions abroad.

Depositions in India – International Deposition Tips

Need help conducting a U.S. deposition in India? Ian Hardy, CEO & President of Optima Juris, explains the ins and outs of scheduling a deposition in India. If you are an attorney, paralegal, or legal professional looking to organize a depo in India, you will want to watch this video.

Essential international travel information for India

Currency

India uses the Indian Rupee. For more information on currency conversions visit XE. Before you leave, notify your bank, credit card company, or other financial institutions that you are going overseas. Avoid carrying cash and consider using traveler's checks or major credit cards instead (but make sure they are accepted at your destination before departing on your trip).

Weather

For the latest weather information in cities throughout India visit weather.com.

General tipping

On totals ranging from 300 to 1000 INR, you can tip anywhere from 7 to 10%. On bill amounts above 1000 INR, tipping 5 to 7% is sufficient. Restaurants in Delhi and Mumbai often charge a 'service charge', not to be confused with 'service tax' (which is a government levied tax).

Holidays & observances

Imagine your reaction if your deposition had to be rescheduled because of a major local holiday when everything was closed. Don’t let that happen to your depo. You can see a complete list of holidays in India here: timeanddate.com/holidays/india/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to India. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State India country page or contact the Indian Embassy or Consulate for current entry requirements. The World Health Organization (WHO) can provide their recommendations for vaccinations and other travel health precautions for your trip abroad.

Major airports

Bengaluru, Kempegowda International Airport, BLR

Chennai, Chennai International Airport, MAA

Hyderabad, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, HYD

Kolkata, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport, CCU

Mumbai, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, BOM

New Delhi, Indira Gandhi International Airport, DEL

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