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.
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.
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.
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.
Highly technical cases, such as medical malpractice and toxic tort litigation, require an experienced, knowledgeable court reporter. Physicians and other witnesses, including expert witnesses and healthcare professionals, present challenging testimony during the quick back-and-forth volley of questions and answers heard in a deposition laden with medical jargon. Whether you are talking about a drug company’s possible negligence, questionable pharmaceutical practices, potentially dangerous and defective medical devices, a misdiagnosis, childbirth injury, or surgical error, a medical court reporter is adept at taking down verbatim testimony in some of the most challenging cases. (more…)Read more..
Paralegals and other individuals have worked for years to assist in the protection of the public and to bolster the continuing education of paralegals by urging the Bar and Judiciary to require certification for paralegals and legal assistants, whether serving in a corporate venue, real estate and title office, non- governmental organization, public defender’s office, governmental establishment, judicial environment, nursing business, or law firm. (more…)Read more..
Caveat emptor, attorneys and litigants in South Carolina! There is no oversight of independent court reporters in the Palmetto State, and as such, there are wide and varying practices and policies followed by those who perform the duties of freelance court reporters and their affiliated companies. Part of the mission of the South Carolina Court Reporters Association is to maintain the integrity and elevate the standards of the court reporting profession and portray the ideals set by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). CompuScripts’ founder is a long-standing member of NCRA, and CompuScripts subscribes to the Code of Ethics promulgated by NCRA. In addition to promoting competence, professionalism, continuing education, and ethics, NCRA issues advisory opinions, position statements, and accredits schools. Unfortunately, many court reporters in South Carolina see no need for membership in such a professional organization. (more…)Read more..
Perspective by Debbie Dusseljee, CompuScripts President
As Court Reporting & Captioning Week draws to a close, I’d like to share a brief synopsis of my career to pique your interest in the professional life and career of a court reporter. While you will hear some people voice concerns about technological advances in voice recognition rendering us obsolete, I see expanding opportunities for using yet another tool in the advancement in the art of capturing the spoken word as written text. You will always need a neutral guardian to verify the integrity of a legal record, and into the foreseeable future, there are many environments where sounds cannot be processed exclusively by machinery. Harkening back to my Trekkie days, even in Star Trek’s original series, I remember there was a court reporter in its two-part episode of “The Menagerie” when Spock was on trial. (more…)Read more..
Litigation is not the only thing that takes a hit when technology fails. Apparently Microsoft Surface tablets were not functioning properly during the recent AFC championship game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. CNET reported, “On the last defensive possession the Patriots’ coaches did not have access to those tablets to show pictures to their players.”Read more..