All posts by Debbie Dusseljee

Byrnes’ Verbatim Record from Trial of the Century

A Look Back in Time: The Verbatim Record

The court reporter who produced a verbatim record of the Trial of the Century is now called by George E. Mowry, a historian of the Progressive Era, “the most influential Southern member of Congress between John Calhoun and Lyndon Johnson.” It’s fitting that during Court Reporting and Captioning Week CompuScripts takes a look at one of South Carolina’s best-known court reporters of yesteryear who produced verbatim records, James F. Byrnes. Continue reading

Court Reporter Edgar Brown

2018 Court Reporting & Captioning Week

Court Reporting & Captioning Week Starts Today

The National Court Reporters Association’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week began Saturday and runs through February 17. Modern court reporters do wonderful work not only as guardians of the record in a courtroom or conference room, but also as a vital communication bridge for deaf and hard of hearing people who depend on their stenographic skills to provide real-time captions for television broadcasts, webinars, church services, live sporting events, and more. Continue reading

Columbia SC court reporters

Court Reporters Look Back at 2017

It’s only natural in December for court reporters to look back at the year that was.   Throughout 2017, we were fortunate to provide so many talented, hard-working attorneys and paralegals with services in court reporting, legal videography, and video conferencing.

Occasionally, though, we interacted with our clients in different ways.  Here are some of the highlights as CompuScripts Court Reporters looks back at 2017. Continue reading

Scheduling Depositions

Two Things to Know When Scheduling Depositions

What Court Reporters Want You to Know


To understand the importance of information when scheduling depositions today, we have to go back to August of 2013.  That was the first public evidence that a court reporter shortage was starting to rear its ugly head.  The Augusta Chronicle cited a shortage of court reporters as the reason two court days were suddenly canceled.  The State could not provide a required court reporter, and the County Clerk reported that this was not the first time it had happened. Continue reading

Words into Action Charitable Donation Campaign

CompuScripts Puts Words into Action

Our Words Into Action Culture

CompuScripts has a long history of putting words into action, or community involvement, and our blog is a perfect place to draw attention to non-profit organizations and charities we support because of your patronage. We all know the best laid plans of mice and [wo]men often go awry. The heart-wrenching events occurring in our world have escalated to such a critical level that we at CompuScripts do not feel we can carry on our charitable giving as usual.  We’re upping our game and invite you to join us! Continue reading

USC School of Law

New Law School Building for USC

State-of-the-Art Law School Building

When the Class of 2020 convened at the University of South Carolina law school this week, they gathered in a new 187,500-square-foot building.  USC School of Law has moved from its former location, a 1970s-era building between Assembly and Main Streets, to what University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has described as a state-of-the-art structure that “will anchor a new legal corridor in South Carolina and project a modern, sophisticated image which matches our great expectations.”

Continue reading

Safely View the Eclipse

Totality Tips

Here are some useful thoughts and practices to assist you in the upcoming historical celestial event.

First, be sure to put on your calendar that CompuScripts’ offices are closed all day Monday so that our reporters, videographers, and staff can enjoy totality with their friends and family.  We look forward to working with you on Tuesday.  Of course, you can always get in touch with us for an urgent matter.

Eclipse Viewers

Eclipse viewing glasses distributed by CompuScripts were manufactured by American Paper Optics, L.L.C. They are included on American Astronomical Society’s Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters and Viewers.

Read User Instructions & Warnings printed on the inside of eclipse glasses & viewers. Discard the glasses or viewer if damaged, torn, punctured or separated from frame.

Alternative Viewer

Avoid the temptation to look at the sun without proper eye protection.  If you don’t have or don’t trust your eclipse glasses, you can use the classic projection method to view the eclipse with no direct eye contact.  Have your children join in the fun of constructing this pinhole camera, a safe way of viewing the eclipse.

NASA Advice

NASA covers a wide breadth of issues related to the eclipse.  Here are two samples of the valuable information you can find there.  Eclipse 101 Safety for Viewing lists essentials that individuals and parents will want to review.  NASA provides this explanation for how to use your glasses during the solar eclipse.

Science and Safety

Astrophotographer Hap Griffin makes a guest appearance on “Making It Grow.”  He shares insights into the Total Solar Eclipse, including tips  on how to have a safe and enjoyable experience.


Hurry & Book Your Court Reporter

CompuScripts court reporters and legal videographers are going to be sporting their shades this Monday.   Don’t miss out!  Time is running short.  Get your free pair of NASA-approved viewing glasses for the total eclipse taking place Monday, August 21 by scheduling a court reporter or legal videographer for your South Carolina deposition.

We offer three convenient ways to schedule your sworn testimony:  online, email, or call us to speak to our scheduler.

Offer good while supplies last or the end of business Friday, August 18, 2017, whichever comes first.

law practice technostress

Law Practice Technostress

What It Is and What To Do About It

Communicating with clients, scheduling depositions, and meeting deadlines have always been sources of stress in the law office. Ironically, rapid development in the very technology that was designed to make legal work easier has led to law practice technostress. The Oxford Dictionary defines technostress as “stress or psychosomatic illness caused by working with computer technology on a daily basis,” and neither lawyer nor paralegal is immune.
Continue reading

Quality Court Reporter's hands on Stenograph Machine

A Quality Court Reporter Doesn’t Just Happen

A quality court reporter takes intentional actions to achieve excellence.  This requires the professional court reporter and her court-reporting support team to implement Quality Assurance safeguards.  It’s these safeguards that provide stenographers a necessary ingredient in providing excellent customer service.
Continue reading