Categories for Court Reporting

The Whole Truth: Tips for Video Depositions

September 8, 2017 1:15 am Published by

When it comes to tips for video depositions, it really boils down to communication. If your legal team and the deponent know the when, where, and how, it should be a fairly efficient process. Start by making sure the deponent knows it is a video deposition so they can prepare, especially if they’re a first-time deponent, and also dress appropriately on deposition day. Next, hire a legal videographer and connect them with the court reporter so they can coordinate scheduling and technical aspects. Keep everyone updated on changes and expectations. What is different about a video deposition? Rather than providing... View Article

Communication in Court Reporting

July 24, 2017 7:21 pm Published by

I visited a Facebook group designed for court reporters and a scenario came up involving communication in court reporting that went like this: Attorney A requests a deposition on Thursday with transcription delivery on Friday. Trial starts on Monday. Attorney B is present for the conversation, hears the request by A for expedited transcript, and B requests expedited transcript. Both attorneys are charged for expedited delivery. B is upset they were charged and says only the attorney who requested should be charged. What should the court reporter do?  Feedback is requested from the group and the answers boil down to... View Article

The Human Touch Matters When it Comes to Court Reporting

July 6, 2017 10:49 pm Published by

When I came across an article called, “Court Reporting Makes a Comeback as More Legal Proceedings Demand Human Touch,” I was taken aback. If you’ve been reading this blog or those of other court reporting agencies, you will understand my reaction. While court reporting is evolving, there is actually a high demand for reporters in legal, business, and civil settings. It hasn’t been a declining profession in need of a comeback so why would they say that? From an economic perspective, there are always ups and downs whether it’s the stock market, business cycles, or a specific industry like court... View Article

Code of Ethics for Court Reporters

June 23, 2017 4:36 pm Published by

If you’ve ever worked in an office, you know about water cooler conversations. They can happen almost anywhere at any time. What do you think about the project? Who is getting promoted? Did you hear what happened last week when the team went to lunch? They’re all questions I know I’ve asked my colleagues but what happens when you’re a court reporter? You’re bound by a certain code of ethics to not have water cooler conversations about clients and cases. Industry Guidelines For most of us, it’s just professional courtesy not to talk about our customers or clients. We all... View Article

LinkedIn for Freelance Court Reporters

June 6, 2017 7:44 am Published by

As Sacramento freelance court reporters, you may be asking yourselves if you can use social media as a court reporter and which social media sites are best. Yes, you can (and should) be using social media but be strategic with when, where, and what you post. If we can learn anything from those Harvard students whose admission was rescinded because of inappropriate social media images, it’s that you need to be aware that anyone may be able to see what you put on the internet. The Harvard Factor Students thought they were posting in a private group but what they... View Article