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. (more…)Read more..
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. (more…)Read more..
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:
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. (more…)Read more..
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. (more…)Read more..
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. (more…)Read more..
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. (more…)Read more..
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.Read more..
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. (more…)Read more..
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. (more…)Read more..
Most people are familiar with what deposition court reporters do. As guardians of the record, they transcribe the words spoken during a deposition into a written form that can be used as litigation progresses. Unlike logging or roofing, court reporting does not immediately come to mind as a profession with inherent risks. Yet deposition court reporters, because of heavy equipment, irregular mealtimes, and sedentary work environments, can face real health problems. Being mindful is always the key to making changes, so here are some health tips for deposition court reporters.