All posts by Debbie Dusseljee

Submission to Witness Civil Rules of Procedure Law Book

Submission to Witness: Need to Know Court Rules

Reading and Signing Practices in South Carolina

Deposition rules that govern objections, stipulations, and practices also direct the way a court reporter processes a transcript for submission to witness for review. As South Carolinians, time-honored traditions are embraced and celebrated, but some traditions need to be changed, or at least updated, because court rules and technology have evolved.
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Good Court Reporter Skills to Consider

CompuScripts Court Reporters has often been asked, “What makes a good court reporter?”  In our 24 years serving the legal community, we’ve assembled a host of resident court reporters in South Carolina and a network of court reporters across the United States.  Below are six soft and hard skills that make a good court reporter.
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Transcript Certificate in Rear

Transcript Certificate for Deposition to Include Completeness & Impartiality Statements

One trend that is popping up within the court-reporting profession in South Carolina is for the court reporter to provide minimal verbiage on the transcript certificate for a deposition.   Whether your record is for the purposes of the presentation of evidence or impeachment, you should expect the testimony you are securing to be reliable, and that trustworthiness is established by the transcript certificate attached by the court reporter before whom the deposition was taken.
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Submission to Witness Civil Rules of Procedure Law Book

Three Discovery Pillars from a Court Reporting Firm

Before you go to trial, it’s important to have the right team in place to support you.  While runners, law clerks, and paralegals are indispensable, one of your greatest allies during discovery is the right court reporting firm.  From court reporters to legal videographers to videoconference hosts, a full service court reporting firm can provide you with critical resources you need during discovery.
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Construction Litigation

Construction Litigation Uptick in 2017?

The good news for residential builders in 2017 is that Forbes Magazine expects small but continued growth in new builds during the first half of the year.  The bad news is that increases in residential construction are often followed by increases in construction defect lawsuits, and both homeowners and builders who previously only watched legal drama on television are finding themselves embroiled in construction litigation, whether in the mediation room or the courtroom.
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Stephanie, Deposition Scheduling

Meet Our New Deposition Scheduling Team Member

Meet Stephanie

Our new deposition scheduling and transcript production associate Stephanie Pendergast joins us to kick off 2017. If you are a new client, Stephanie will process your requests for court reporters to cover hearings, trials, or depositions as well as handle the production and distribution of your transcripts and exhibits. If you’re a current client, you will be receiving the same friendly, efficient service with prompt turnaround you’ve come to expect from CompuScripts — with a different accent.
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Audio Transcription and Electronic Recording

Everyone’s Here But The Court Reporter

If you’ve spent any time in a courtroom recently, you may have noticed an empty seat.  In more and more states, budgetary concerns are replacing court reporters with electronic recording systems (ERS) monitored by court personnel.  In every other way, a trial or hearing may continue normally, but when court is adjourned, the attorney or paralegal may have the added responsibility of finding an experienced legal transcriptionist to produce the proceeding’s audio transcription.
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Four Courtroom Etiquette Rules for Paralegals

As a trial date approaches, a litigation paralegal performs many invaluable tasks.   While assisting the lawyer, a litigation paralegal calendars dates, organizes briefs, prepares witnesses, and contacts experts.  But his or her duties do not stop at the courthouse door.   Once a trial begins, a paralegal may be called on to assist attorneys from the first row or at counsel’s table, and use of proper courtroom etiquette contributes to a judge or jury’s final decision.  Here are our four courtroom etiquette rules for paralegals.
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CompuScripts Network Partners

Court Reporting Network for Out-of-State Depositions

CompuScripts’ court reporting business is built on relationships and professional competence.   It’s been that way since the start, locally and globally.  Debbie Dusseljee, CompuScripts’ president, was reminded of this recently when she had the privilege of gathering with lifelong friends, many of whom are CompuScripts’ court reporting network partners.

This extraordinary group of thought leaders, skilled professionals, and just good people from around the United States and throughout the world range from independent court reporters, firm owners, or legal videographers, to legal vendors.  These leaders have been our allies for years in bringing you the best practices in the court reporting and legal industries.
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Restricted Disclosure Evidence

Litigation Restricted Disclosure

Its Impact on Your Transcript

Depositions can carry restricted disclosure designations, such as “Confidential” in lawsuits involving patents and trade secrets.  In complex litigation, attorneys use protective orders to keep sensitive information sheltered from the public and business competitors.  In today’s legal environment, a court reporter, videographer, and court reporting service may be asked to sign a binding non-disclosure document.  Some restricted disclosure designations impact a transcript’s final form more than others. Continue reading