Conducting Proceedings During the
COVID-19 Pandemic

When coronavirus emerged as a serious nationwide threat in the first quarter of 2020, Esquire took immediate action to protect the health and safety of our employees, clients, and service providers. We put systems in place so our internal teams could work remotely without reducing the quality of our services, and we leaned harder on our remote deposition capabilities so court reporters could manage depositions from home. We’re proud to say that, despite this year’s unprecedented challenges, we’ve been able to maintain our high standards without putting anyone at risk.

In-Person Proceedings

Some of our offices were able to remain open for proceedings, and because of the continued success of our COVID-19 response efforts, we were able to begin reopening many of our closed offices on June 15, 2020. Today, we're in the process of reopening more offices to accommodate our clients' wishes. Check our Esquire location status document to see whether or not the office in your city is currently holding in-office proceedings.

What You Can Expect From Us

We’re doing everything we can to ensure the health and safety of all parties who come to an Esquire office for an in-person proceeding. Here’s what you can expect from us:

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Healthy Team Members

Daily self-screening and certification

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Clean Offices

Enhanced cleaning procedures and disinfected surfaces after each proceeding

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Social Distancing

Offices are running at reduced capacity and have new layouts to support six feet of separation

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Protective Equipment

All Esquire employees are required to wear face masks

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Elimintated Refreshments

For safety reasons, no food or beverage services will be provided

What We Ask Of You

We also depend on attorneys, witnesses, and other visitors to help us maintain safety in our offices. Here’s what we ask of our visitors:

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Avoid Physical Contact

Please stay at least six feet away from others at all times

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Wear A Face Mask

Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth during your entire stay in our office

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Don’t Congregate

Avoid gathering in the lobby, open spaces, and break rooms

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Don’t Attend Proceedings While Sick

Self-certification is required from all office visitors

Thank you for helping us make Esquire offices safe and secure environments.

Remote Proceedings

If our office in your city hasn’t reopened yet, or if you don’t feel comfortable attending a deposition in person at this time, our remote deposition services are still available to you. Our remote capabilities have consistently proven successful, with 97% of attorneys surveyed expressing a willingness to use our online court reporting services again.

“It’s been easy to schedule remote depositions, and the staff is very helpful.”
- Liz Sanchez, Corporate Staff, Teachers Retirement Systems of the City of NY

“Everything went smoothly. After doing 10+ remote depositions over the last two months, I wish never to go back to in-person depositions.”
- Maria H. Chaves-Hawley, Attorney, GEICO

“I’m very satisfied with all aspects of Esquire’s remote deposition services.”
- Matthew S. Nasser, Attorney, GEICO

Go to our Remote Depositions page for more information on conducting remote proceedings, including helpful downloadable resources.

Esquire Will Always Get It Right

The world has changed enormously in a short time, but our commitment to our customers hasn’t. Whether you schedule an in-person proceeding or a remote deposition, you can expect the same quality of service and caring approach you’ve received in the past. If you have questions or concerns about our policies, please contact your local Operations Manager directly.

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