Court Reporters Look Back at 2017

It’s only natural in December for court reporters to look back at the year that was.   Throughout 2017, we were fortunate to provide so many talented, hard-working attorneys and paralegals with services in court reporting, legal videography, and video conferencing.

Occasionally, though, we interacted with our clients in different ways.  Here are some of the highlights as CompuScripts Court Reporters looks back at 2017.


In May, we sponsored a hole at the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorney’s annual golf tournament, offering a bespoke vacation for a hole-in-one.  We enjoyed catching up with our clients, but, sadly, none of the golfers won the prize.   The sun was probably in their eyes.

We also hosted an appreciation luncheon for our Columbia clients at Nonnah’s.  Local paralegals enjoyed a delicious meal and fun door prizes, followed by one of Nonnah’s signature cakes because as Julia Child once said, “A party without a cake is just a meeting.”

In August, we joined a wide swath of America to celebrate Eclipse 2017.  We distributed nearly 1,000 pair of NASA-recommended eclipse glasses to clients across the state.  (When your clients are attorneys and paralegals, you get the good ones.)   In Columbia, we were in totality for about two and a half minutes, some of the best minutes of the year.


In October, we were exhibitors at the Palmetto Paralegal Association’s annual half-day seminar.  Debbie Dusseljee, CompuScripts’ president, spoke to members on Deposition Deliverables: How to Get the Most out of Your Deposition Transcript.


In November, we wound up our campaign of charitable giving called Words Into Action.  In September and October, clients who booked depositions were given the opportunity to direct our contributions to 13 different charities, each of which was vetted by Charity Navigator.  In the end, CompuScripts donated to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Houston Food Bank, Global Giving – Puerto Rico, Project CARE, Samaritan’s Purse – Irma, and Water Mission.

As 2017 came to a close, we were doing the same as the attorneys and paralegals we are privileged to work with: scheduling depositions and wrapping presents, attending depositions and mailing presents.  As a year full of highlights draws to an end, we wish you a very Happy New Year, and here’s to creating more highlights together in 2018.

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Two Things to Know When Scheduling Depositions

What Court Reporters Want You to Know


To understand the importance of information when scheduling depositions today, we have to go back to August of 2013.  That was the first public evidence that a court reporter shortage was starting to rear its ugly head.  The Augusta Chronicle cited a shortage of court reporters as the reason two court days were suddenly canceled.  The State could not provide a required court reporter, and the County Clerk reported that this was not the first time it had happened. (more…)

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CompuScripts Puts Words into Action

Our Words Into Action Culture

CompuScripts has a long history of putting words into action, or community involvement, and our blog is a perfect place to draw attention to non-profit organizations and charities we support because of your patronage. We all know the best laid plans of mice and [wo]men often go awry. The heart-wrenching events occurring in our world have escalated to such a critical level that we at CompuScripts do not feel we can carry on our charitable giving as usual.  We’re upping our game and invite you to join us! (more…)

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New Law School Building for USC

State-of-the-Art Law School Building

When the Class of 2020 convened at the University of South Carolina law school this week, they gathered in a new 187,500-square-foot building.  USC School of Law has moved from its former location, a 1970s-era building between Assembly and Main Streets, to what University of South Carolina President Harris Pastides has described as a state-of-the-art structure that “will anchor a new legal corridor in South Carolina and project a modern, sophisticated image which matches our great expectations.”


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Safely View the Eclipse

Totality Tips

Here are some useful thoughts and practices to assist you in the upcoming historical celestial event.

First, be sure to put on your calendar that CompuScripts’ offices are closed all day Monday so that our reporters, videographers, and staff can enjoy totality with their friends and family.  We look forward to working with you on Tuesday.  Of course, you can always get in touch with us for an urgent matter.

Eclipse Viewers

Eclipse viewing glasses distributed by CompuScripts were manufactured by American Paper Optics, L.L.C. They are included on American Astronomical Society’s Reputable Vendors of Solar Filters and Viewers.

Read User Instructions & Warnings printed on the inside of eclipse glasses & viewers. Discard the glasses or viewer if damaged, torn, punctured or separated from frame.

Alternative Viewer

Avoid the temptation to look at the sun without proper eye protection.  If you don’t have or don’t trust your eclipse glasses, you can use the classic projection method to view the eclipse with no direct eye contact.  Have your children join in the fun of constructing this pinhole camera, a safe way of viewing the eclipse.

NASA Advice

NASA covers a wide breadth of issues related to the eclipse.  Here are two samples of the valuable information you can find there.  Eclipse 101 Safety for Viewing lists essentials that individuals and parents will want to review.  NASA provides this explanation for how to use your glasses during the solar eclipse.

Science and Safety

Astrophotographer Hap Griffin makes a guest appearance on “Making It Grow.”  He shares insights into the Total Solar Eclipse, including tips  on how to have a safe and enjoyable experience.


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Hurry & Book Your Court Reporter

CompuScripts court reporters and legal videographers are going to be sporting their shades this Monday.   Don’t miss out!  Time is running short.  Get your free pair of NASA-approved viewing glasses for the total eclipse taking place Monday, August 21 by scheduling a court reporter or legal videographer for your South Carolina deposition.

We offer three convenient ways to schedule your sworn testimony:  online, email, or call us to speak to our scheduler.

Offer good while supplies last or the end of business Friday, August 18, 2017, whichever comes first.

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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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