Law Practice Technostress

What It Is and What To Do About It

Communicating with clients, scheduling depositions, and meeting deadlines have always been sources of stress in the law office. Ironically, rapid development in the very technology that was designed to make legal work easier has led to law practice technostress. The Oxford Dictionary defines technostress as “stress or psychosomatic illness caused by working with computer technology on a daily basis,” and neither lawyer nor paralegal is immune.
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A Quality Court Reporter Doesn’t Just Happen

A quality court reporter takes intentional actions to achieve excellence.  This requires the professional court reporter and her court-reporting support team to implement Quality Assurance safeguards.  It’s these safeguards that provide stenographers a necessary ingredient in providing excellent customer service.
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Submission to Witness: Need to Know Court Rules

Reading and Signing Practices in South Carolina

Deposition rules that govern objections, stipulations, and practices also direct the way a court reporter processes a transcript for submission to witness for review. As South Carolinians, time-honored traditions are embraced and celebrated, but some traditions need to be changed, or at least updated, because court rules and technology have evolved.
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Good Court Reporter Skills to Consider

CompuScripts Court Reporters has often been asked, “What makes a good court reporter?”  In our 24 years serving the legal community, we’ve assembled a host of resident court reporters in South Carolina and a network of court reporters across the United States.  Below are six soft and hard skills that make a good court reporter.
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Transcript Certificate for Deposition to Include Completeness & Impartiality Statements

One trend that is popping up within the court-reporting profession in South Carolina is for the court reporter to provide minimal verbiage on the transcript certificate for a deposition.   Whether your record is for the purposes of the presentation of evidence or impeachment, you should expect the testimony you are securing to be reliable, and that trustworthiness is established by the transcript certificate attached by the court reporter before whom the deposition was taken.
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Three Discovery Pillars from a Court Reporting Firm

Before you go to trial, it’s important to have the right team in place to support you.  While runners, law clerks, and paralegals are indispensable, one of your greatest allies during discovery is the right court reporting firm.  From court reporters to legal videographers to videoconference hosts, a full service court reporting firm can provide you with critical resources you need during discovery.
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Construction Litigation Uptick in 2017?

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.
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Meet Our New Deposition Scheduling Team Member

Meet Stephanie

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.
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Audio Transcription and Electronic Recording

Everyone’s Here But The Court Reporter

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.
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Four Courtroom Etiquette Rules for Paralegals

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.
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