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Judicial Assistance
 

Please visit the Judicial Assistance in Taiwan section on the Department of State's website for details.

The page linked here provides information on:

  • Authorities of the American Institute in Taiwan
  • Service of Process
  • Travel of U.S. Local, State or Federal Government Officials
  • Authentication of AIT Seal
  • Letters Rogatory
  • Depositions

Depositions in Taiwan

The procedure for taking a deposition in Taiwan is quite different from the normal process in the United States. In Taiwan, as courts have no stenographer or court reporter, visiting foreign visitors have the option of bringing their own stenographer or recording the deposition via their own audio visual equipment. You must also obtain your own post-hoc Chinese translation if required.

To conduct a deposition of a willing witness in front of a Consular Officer, contact AIT directly to make arrangements. We have a full schedule of service appointments every day and may not be able to schedule a deposition on short notice. Please plan accordingly.

AIT’s American Citizen Service (ACS) office has a small conference room that can accommodate 5-6 people and can be made available for depositions during our office hours 8:30am – 5:00pm. Use of AIT’s ACS conference room must be reserved in advance through the office secretary. Please note that AIT is unable to provide any audio/visual equipment for purposes of recording a deposition. If you will be bringing audio/visual equipment into AIT, you must then coordinate your visit at least two weeks in advance in order to allow our security office to make the necessary arrangements.

If our office space does not meet your needs, you should be prepared to take depositions at an alternate location such as a hotel business conference room, lobby, or private room. AIT can provide a list of attorneys who may also be in a position to make special arrangements for the purposes of the deposition.

Fees for the taking of depositions are set forth in the Federal Register. They include the following:

Items

Fees

Non-Refundable Deposition Scheduling Fee
(If rescheduled, another $1,283 fee is collected)

US$1,283.00

Hourly Rate for the Time During Actual Deposition
(If the officer is called back, a second fee will apply)

US$231.00

Affidavit of witness/stenographer/interpreter/videographer
(Per affidavit)

US$50.00

Closing Certificate 

US$415.00

Return of Transcript and Incidental Expenses  (If service performed by the Consular Section, deposit should include the estimated time expended in preparation and shipment for the return of the transcript.)

Actual Cost

The fee should be paid in the form of a certified bank check or international money order payable to the American Institute in Taiwan. This deposit is not refundable if the deposition is canceled or rescheduled.

In order to schedule AIT services please contact our office secretary at (02) 2162-2306 or write to Amcit-AIT-T@state.gov. AIT will need to know the date and duration required for the deposition.

To download a list of attorneys in Taiwan (PDF 401KB)

To download a list of translators (PDF 34KB)

To download a list of Videographers (PDF 69.0KB) 

To download a list of Interpreters  (PDF 11.8KB)

To download a list of Stenographers/Court Reporters  (PDF 70.0KB)

Additional Information

Please visit the judicial assistance (worldwide) section on the Department of State's website for more information.  

Also, for additional information about judicial assistance worldwide, contact the

East Asia and Pacific Division
American Citizens Services and Crisis Management
U.S. Department of State

2100 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., 4th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20037

Tel: 202-647-6769; or 202-647-5226;
Fax: 202-647-2835.

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