Plan Early

Give yourself a minimum of 4 weeks to plan. 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.

Depo Venue

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

Local Court Reporters

We have local court reporters in Israel, which means little to no travel costs for you.

Visa Requirements

U.S. passport holders may enter Israel for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.

Hague Evidence Convention

Israel 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
Depositions in Israel – International Deposition Tips
U.S. Embassy
Tel Aviv
U.S. Embassy Consulate General
Jerusalem

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Video tips

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

How to set up a deposition in Israel

Kimberlee Castro, Global Deposition Expert with Optima Juris, gives a few tips on how to set-up a U.S. deposition in Israel.

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: Jerusalem

Israel in Realtime

Challenge
A U.S. court reporting agency needs a realtime reporter for depositions in Jerusalem. Their client doesn't have the budget to fly someone in.
Solution
We have the best court reporters local to Israel. Realtime and video? No problem. We handled the deposition from start to finish and delivered the transcript and video on-time, with no travel charges. That's one agency with satisfied clients.

Expert info, tips & advice

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

Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses in Israel

Israel is a signatory to the Hague Evidence Convention, which in general, means you can depose willing witnesses without any special formalities or involvement of foreign courts. Here is the latest official info on taking depos in Israel, taken from the U.S. Department of State website.

Depositions in Israel – International Deposition Tips

Looking to set up a deposition in Israel for a U.S. court case? Want to know what you can and can’t do? Our amazing Director of Scheduling and CSR, Kimberlee Castro, walks you through the legalities for how to set up a U.S. deposition in Israel.

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.

Essential international travel information for Israel

Currency

Israel uses the Israeli Shekel. 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 Israel visit weather.com.

General tipping

The going rate for tipping in Israeli restaurants and cafes is between 10-15% depending on how pleased (or not) you are with your waiter/waitress. 10% is usually the minimum, with 12% an average tip. Taxi drivers do not expect to be tipped (or at least - they are not surprised by non-tippers. Locals do not tip in taxis).

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 Israel here: timeanddate.com/holidays/israel/.

Health

Check with your physician to see which shots are required and/or recommended for your trip to Israel. You can check online resources like the U.S. Department of State Israel country page or contact the Israel 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

Haifa, Haifa Airport (U. Michaeli Airport), HFA

Eilat, Eilat Ilan and Assaf Ramon International Airport, ETM

Eilat, Ovda International Airport, VDA

Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion International Airport, TLV

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