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Court Reporting for Military Spouses

Military Spouses Seek Employment

A military family will experience a permanent change of station, or PCS, on the average of every two years.   And as hard as this is on service members, it also hard on military spouses.   Frequent moves make it difficult for them to build their résumés or to advance in their professions.  If you know a military spouse looking for a transferable career, CompuScripts suggests court reporting!  Continue reading

A suit is an important part of a court reporter's wardrobe.

Building a Court Reporter’s Wardrobe

Considerations for Building a Wardrobe

The Internet is full of articles with the title, “What Is Business Attire?”  You could argue that the answer depends on the business in question.  Business attire for interior designers may be different than business attire for bank officers.  The South Carolina Court Administration gives general guidance for its official court reporters in its Court Reporter Manual: “All court reporters are required to dress in a professional manner. Business attire must be worn at all times in the courthouse.”  Unfortunately, those are rather unspecific guidelines, so CompuScripts would like to offer three considerations for building a court reporter’s wardrobe. Continue reading

lunchtime meal for a court reporter

SC Restaurants for Busy Court Reporters

Busy Court Reporters Need Fuel!

It has been said that an army runs on its stomach, and CompuScripts’ army of court reporters knows the importance of a good meal.   Depositions can by lengthy, and skipping meals may result in low blood sugar.  And according to Piedmont Healthcare, “Low blood sugar causes people to feel irritable, confused and fatigued. The body begins to increase production of cortisol, leaving us stressed and hangry.”  These are not symptoms that a court reporter wants to experience during a deposition.  So today, we’d like to suggest some South Carolina restaurants for busy court reporters. Continue reading

How and When to Use the Oxford Comma

The Argument is Ongoing,
Contentious, and Real

Recently, we spoke with a friend of CompuScripts  Court Reporting who was using a dating website for the first time.  In her profile, she listed three questions to be answered before she would agree to a date:

  • Are you allergic to dogs?
  • Do you like to travel?
  • Where do you stand on the Oxford comma?

The last question sounds as if it were meant in jest, but as a company whose stock-in-trade is words, we know that both proponents and opponents take the answer very seriously.  Therefore, CompuScripts would like to discuss how and when to use the Oxford comma. Continue reading

A Court Reporter’s Tasks When the Deponent is Absent

What Do I Do Next?

Imagine this scenario: You’re an experienced, dedicated deposition court reporter.  You packed your bag the night before and scouted parking at the deposition suite.  You arrived early to set up your court-reporting equipment and to check in to your assignment.  By the deposition’s scheduled start time, everyone is present… except the deponent.  In CompuScripts’ 25-year history, our court reporters have encountered this situation numerous times.  These are a court reporter’s tasks when the deponent is absent from the deposition.  Continue reading

Four Steps of Deposition Transcript Production

How Are Transcripts Produced?

Litigators are familiar with the presence of the court reporter in the deposition room, listening intently to testimony and objections while recording it all on the steno machine.  But a lot goes on between the deposition room and the delivery of the deposition transcript.  More professionals work behind the scenes than you might think.  So today, CompuScripts would like to outline the four steps of deposition transcript production. Continue reading

Three Resolutions for SC Court Reporters

South Carolina Court Reporters
Make New Year’s Resolutions

Many South Carolina court reporters will soon make resolutions for the approaching new year.  Studies suggest they’re doing the right thing.  “You are 10 times more likely to change by making a New Year’s resolution compared to non-resolvers with the identical goals and comparable motivation to change,” said Dr. John Norcross of the University of Scranton.   Some court reporters set personal goals, such as losing weight or getting more sleep.  Some goals, however, reflect a court reporter’s desire to improve as a professional.  Today we suggest three resolutions for South Carolina court reporters in 2019. Continue reading

Internet Shopping Security for Court Reporters

Court Reporters and Internet Shopping

Hearings and depositions often cancel at the last minute, or they run longer than planned.  Hearings and depositions also schedule with little notice.  One of a court reporter’s greatest characteristics is flexibility, but this flexibility is often challenged during the holidays, when social gatherings, school events, and Christmas shopping are added to the mix.  Many court reporters use their early mornings and late nights to shop online, so today, we offer tips on Internet shopping security for court reporters.

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Book a deposition to direct charitable giving

Book a Deposition to Make a Difference!

Help CompuScripts
Put Words Into Action

Based on last year’s success, CompuScripts Court Reporters and Legal Videographers announces Words Into Action 2018.  Words Into Action is our community involvement campaign.  Its purpose is to draw attention to the organizations we are able to support when you book a deposition or order legal transcription from us. Continue reading

Court Reporter Stress and How to Minimize It

Court Reporters Experience Stress Too!

Whether you’re a lumberjack or a yoga instructor, no line of work is without stress.  Individual occupations have their own specific stressors, and court reporting is no different.  Last month, CompuScripts presented the health challenges faced by court reporters.  Today we’d like to discuss court reporter stress and how to minimize it. Continue reading