Tag Archives: court reporting

A suit is an important part of a court reporter's wardrobe.

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. Continue reading

lunchtime meal for a court reporter

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. Continue reading

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. Continue reading

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.  Continue reading

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. Continue reading

Health Tips for Deposition Court Reporters

Deposition Court Reporters
Can Stay Healthy on the Job!

Most people are familiar with what deposition court reporters do.  As guardians of the record, they transcribe the words spoken during a deposition into a written form that can be used as litigation progresses.    Unlike logging or roofing, court reporting does not immediately come to mind as a profession with inherent risks.  Yet deposition court reporters, because of heavy equipment, irregular mealtimes, and sedentary work environments, can face real health problems.  Being mindful is always the key to making changes, so here are some health tips for deposition court reporters.
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Becoming a South Carolina Court Reporter

How to Become a South Carolina
Court Reporter

Have you ever considered becoming a South Carolina court reporter?  Maybe you’re planning your first career.  Maybe you’re ready for a new one. You have a great vocabulary and a command of punctuation. You’re prompt, friendly, and a good communicator. You don’t mind stress.  You’ve watched this great video from Project Steno on Your Life as a Court Reporter.  If this is the case, CompuScripts can show you how to make it happen.   Continue reading

What’s Up with Transcript Dashes?

You’ve just graduated from law school, and you’re assisting a senior litigation lawyer for the first time. You understand your state’s rules of civil procedure.   Black’s Law Dictionary is your second language. But what do those dashes in the deposition transcripts mean? Continue reading

Workplace Sitting

Some careers are inherently unsafe. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports high rates of occupational injury among loggers, construction workers, and commercial fishermen. It can make you feel good about a job in which there’s only indoor work and no heavy lifting. Here at CompuScripts Court Reporting, we schedule court reporters, host videoconferences, and produce legal video in climate-controlled offices while sitting in comfy, comfy desk chairs. Continue reading