Information about “Taking Voluntary Depositions from Willing Witnesses” can be found on the Thailand legal page of the Travel.State.Gov website at http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english/legal-considerations/judicial/country/Thailand.html.
Please contact American Citizen Services (ACS) at the U.S. Embassy Bangkok if you require the services of a U.S Consular officer to do any of the following:
- Take oral or written depositions
- Assist with contacting witnesses and/or arranging for a stenographer, videographer or interpreter (Please note that resource constraints generally require that this function be performed by requesting counsel.)
- Administer oaths (and withdraw, subject to recall)
- Instruct the stenographer or video operator
- Notarize affidavits
- Prepare a closing certificate
The following fees are associated with taking depositions or executing commissions to take testimony:
- Scheduling/arranging appointments for depositions, including depositions by video teleconference (per daily appointment)–$1,283
- Attending or taking depositions, or executing commissions to take testimony (per hour or part thereof)–$309 per hour plus expenses
- Swearing in witnesses for telephone depositions–Consular time ($135/hour) plus expenses
- Supervising telephone depositions (per hour or part thereof over the first hour)–Consular time ($135/hour) plus expenses
- Providing seal and certification of depositions–$415
Please note that a non-refundable deposit of $1,283 must be paid in the form of a certified check or money order to U.S. Embassy Bangkok before a deposition can be scheduled.