Every day, litigation professionals like court reporters, legal videographers, lawyers, paralegals, and legal staff use social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn to connect with clients, share and collect information, and build professional networks, but recent stories in the news remind us that information shared online is not as private as we think. While the use of social media may be helpful in the practice of law and the litigation professionals who support the legal industry, it also increases the possibility of ethical missteps. Here are three caveats when using social media. Continue reading
With the 2018 Midlands Gives campaign just hours away, it is appropriate to share how patronage of CompuScripts as your preferred court reporters and legal videographers directly benefits people who live in South Carolina and our causes through community involvement. We’ve also included instructions on how you can direct CompuScripts’ donations during the May 1 MidlandsGives online campaign tomorrow. Continue reading
When a non-English speaker is being deposed, a legal interpreter serves as an officer of the court, assisting in oral communication between witness and attorney while remaining impartial and unbiased. CompuScripts Court Reporters is experienced with the use of legal interpretation in deposition settings. Here are the things paralegals should know when hiring a legal interpreter.
Interpreter vs. Translator
When a paralegal is preparing for a deposition with a non-English speaker, it is important to know the difference between an interpreter and a translator. An interpreter facilitates immediate spoken communication between speakers of different languages, while a translator communicates the meaning of text from one language to another. The National Center for State Courts states that the interpreter should have “educated, native-like mastery” of both English and the second language, as well as the type of general knowledge that two years of higher education would provide. Continue reading
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 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
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
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
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
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.”
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 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.
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 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.