Court Reporting for Military Spouses

Military Spouses Seek Employment

A military family will experience a permanent change of station, or PCS, on the average of every two years.   And as hard as this is on service members, it also hard on military spouses.   Frequent moves make it difficult for them to build their résumés or to advance in their professions.  If you know a military spouse looking for a transferable career, CompuScripts suggests court reporting!  (more…)

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Building a Court Reporter’s Wardrobe

Considerations for Building a Wardrobe

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…)

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SC Restaurants for Busy Court Reporters

Busy Court Reporters Need Fuel!

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…)

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How and When to Use the Oxford Comma

The Argument is Ongoing,
Contentious, and Real

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:

  • Are you allergic to dogs?
  • Do you like to travel?
  • Where do you stand on the Oxford comma?

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…)

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A Court Reporter’s Tasks When the Deponent is Absent

What Do I Do Next?

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…)

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Three Resolutions for SC Court Reporters

South Carolina Court Reporters
Make New Year’s Resolutions

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…)

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Internet Shopping Security for Court Reporters

Court Reporters and Internet Shopping

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.

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Court Reporter Stress and How to Minimize It

Court Reporters Experience Stress Too!

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…)

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Byrnes’ Verbatim Record from Trial of the Century

A Look Back in Time: The Verbatim Record

The court reporter who produced a verbatim record of the Trial of the Century is now called by George E. Mowry, a historian of the Progressive Era, “the most influential Southern member of Congress between John Calhoun and Lyndon Johnson.” It’s fitting that during Court Reporting and Captioning Week CompuScripts takes a look at one of South Carolina’s best-known court reporters of yesteryear who produced verbatim records, James F. Byrnes. (more…)

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2018 Court Reporting & Captioning Week

Court Reporting & Captioning Week Starts Today

The National Court Reporters Association’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week began Saturday and runs through February 17. Modern court reporters do wonderful work not only as guardians of the record in a courtroom or conference room, but also as a vital communication bridge for deaf and hard of hearing people who depend on their stenographic skills to provide real-time captions for television broadcasts, webinars, church services, live sporting events, and more. (more…)

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