Today’s blog is authored by CompuScripts’
Litigation Specialist Kaye Mullinax.
In my thirty years as a litigation paralegal, I’ve assisted in the training of many young lawyers, many of whom now sit on either the state or federal bench. I’ve also trained more new paralegals than I care to count. I have a lot of information about deposition preparation that should be disseminated to newbies, and I’m happy to share it.
Don’t think you missed the class about deposition preparation. An instructor probably touched on the topic during a torts class , but not to a degree that was practical application. I hope this post will make deposition preparation and scheduling go smoothly for new litigation paralegals. Here are my guidelines on deposition preparation to keep your depositions moving and your cart out of the ditch. (more…)Read more..
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…)Read more..
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…)Read more..
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…)Read more..
When a non-English speaker is being deposed, a legal interpreter serves as an officer of the court, assisting in oral communication between witness and attorney while remaining impartial and unbiased. CompuScripts Court Reporters is experienced with the use of legal interpretation in deposition settings. Here are the things paralegals should know when hiring a legal interpreter.
When a paralegal is preparing for a deposition with a non-English speaker, it is important to know the difference between an interpreter and a translator. An interpreter facilitates immediate spoken communication between speakers of different languages, while a translator communicates the meaning of text from one language to another. The National Center for State Courts states that the interpreter should have “educated, native-like mastery” of both English and the second language, as well as the type of general knowledge that two years of higher education would provide. (more…)Read more..
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.
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.
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..
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..