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CompuScripts' social-distance conference room

Traditional and Online Depositions Available!

CompuScripts Now Scheduling
Traditional and Online Depositions

Now that quarantine restrictions in South Carolina are easing and courts are reopening , CompuScripts is scheduling a mix of traditional and online depositions.  This means that all parties, some parties, or no parties may be in the same physical room during the deposition.  CompuScripts accomplishes this through the use of our large Columbia conference room set up for social distancing.  Because of our unique setup, attorneys can now mix and match aspects of face-to-face and virtual depositions. Continue reading

virtual conference room tools

Schedule our Virtual Conference Room during COVID-19 Crisis

Preparing  for Videoconference Depositions

Like so many industries right now, the legal landscape has changed.  Social distancing restrictions are making it more difficult for attorneys to conduct depositions in the ways they’re accustomed to.  But it is possible to conduct a remote deposition successfully using our virtual conference room.  CompuScripts has been scheduling remote depositions for more than a decade, and we’d like to teach you about preparing for videoconference depositions. Continue reading

Minimizing Health Risk in the Deposition Room

Advice for Reporters and Videographers

As a company, we pride ourselves on being responsible members of the legal community.  This responsibility extends to the way our court reporters and legal videographers conduct themselves during depositions as we face not only a difficult flu season but fear of the community spread of coronavirus. Continue reading

Maintaining Deposition Transcript Security

Protect Your Deposition Transcripts

In an age in which data theft is constantly in the news, deposition transcript security should be on the mind of every freelance court reporter.  From scheduling to delivery, there are opportunities for the transcript or the exhibits to be compromised.  Addressing this issue, the NCRA’s Code of Professional Ethics, Provision 4, states that a member court reporter shall “…preserve the confidentiality and ensure the security of information, oral or written, entrusted to the Member by any of the parties in a proceeding.”  In keeping with the organization’s provision, CompuScripts would like to suggest ways of maintaining deposition transcript security . Continue reading

Court Reporting and Millennials in 2020

Millennials, Act Two

Gallup has studied the work habits of Millenials, and its analysis could be good news in the court reporting field.  Gallup reports that 60 percent of Millennials – those born between 1980 and 1996 – are open to changing jobs.  For Millenials interested in court reporting, their prior experience may be valuable in many areas of litigation. Continue reading

Book a deposition to direct charitable giving

CompuScripts Puts Words Into Action in 2019!

Third Annual Words Into Action

Based on our past success, CompuScripts Court Reporters and Legal Videographers announces Words Into Action 2019.  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.  Our Words Into Action campaign is an addition to our regular program of charitable giving.   Continue reading

Litigation specialist offers tips on deposition preparation

Deposition Preparation for Paralegals

Today’s blog is authored by CompuScripts’
Litigation Specialist Kaye Mullinax.

Sage Advice for the Legal Professional

In my thirty years as a litigation paralegal, I’ve assisted in the training of many young lawyers, many of whom now sit on either the state or federal bench.  I’ve also trained more new paralegals than I care to count.  I have a lot of information about deposition preparation that should be disseminated to newbies, and I’m happy to share it.

Don’t think you missed the class about deposition preparation.  An instructor probably touched on the topic during a torts class , but not to a degree that was practical application.  I hope this post will make deposition preparation and scheduling go smoothly for new litigation paralegals.   Here are my guidelines on deposition preparation to keep your depositions moving and your cart out of the ditch. Continue reading

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