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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. (more…)Read more..
Some might think the court reporter, who writes verbatim what is said in the courtroom or deposition setting, magically produces an accurate transcript. Grammar is daunting. Transcription of a verbatim record is not like creative writing, when the author can attend to syntax and choose the right words. (more…)Read more..
ARE YOU a locavore? Throughout our country, people are rediscovering the benefits of buying locally produced foods. They are generally fresher, tastier, and more nutritious than foods shipped from distant states and foreign countries. Being a locavore is also good for our local economies. Buying directly from family farmers helps those small businesses generate profits, as well as their local employees’ incomes, that are then available to be spent within our communities on other goods and services, some of which incur State, County, City, and local sales taxes that fund public projects and governmental services. Rethink Local explains how localism builds communities that are healthy and sustainable. (more…)Read more..
Legal videographers are often asked to record digital exhibits, or digital assets. This would be an exhibit such as a video or photograph from a computer, iPad, or smart phone. The typical method used by virtually all legal videographers to record these assets is to zoom in to the display of the device, refocus the camera lens, adjust the iris, and record a video or photograph to the best of their ability. (more…)Read more..
CompuScripts enjoys introducing you to attorneys and paralegals who make a difference in the legal industry. Today, we introduce you to a young man at the very beginning of his law career, a University of South Carolina School of Law student, A. Elliott Barrow, III, who has just completed his first year of study. (more…)Read more..