Tag Archives: court reporting

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

Three Essentials When Taking a Deposition

Whether you are using your deposition for education about the opposing party’s case or to lock down statements or to preserve testimony for trial or to size-up a witness, you will want your transcript record to be clear and understandable.  Knowing that depositions are critical in securing evidence and recognizing that they can be one of the most expensive costs related to pretrial discovery, particularly when a deposition is being noticed to elicit testimony from an expert witness, we, as court reporters, would like to respectfully share some of the more common snares we have encountered in producing countless transcripts over the years, and offer modest suggestions that will assist you in attaining a usable transcript as you craft your record.  Continue reading

What CompuScripts Court Reporters Can Do For You

At CompuScripts Court Reporters, we like to focus on what we can do for you, our clients.  We can schedule reporters locally and nationwide, capture a witness’s deposition on video, or host your videoconference.  But today, we’re asking you to do something for us:  Encourage the student in your life to become a court reporter.

Why?  Because court reporting is a vital part of the legal industry.   Whether covering a court or deposition proceeding, reporters are the official guardQuestion Markians of the spoken word.  The demand for court reporters is expected to increase by ten percent over the next seven years, so if a young person in your life is searching for a career path, ask the following questions:  Do you have good language skills?  Are you comfortable with technology?  Do you have good keyboard skills?  Do you thrive under pressure?  Are you interested in managing your own time?  Students who answer affirmatively are excellent candidates for court reporting, and in South Carolina, they may embark on a court reporting path as high school freshmen.

Beginning in the ninth grade, a South Carolina student develops an IGP, or Individual Graduation Plan.  The IGP is based on the “major” the student chooses from one of 16 career clusters, and it’s designed to help that student choose the type and level of coursework that will prepare him or her for a program of study after high school graduation.   Career clusters include such areas of study as Architecture and Construction, Education and Training, and Health Science.   Court reporting is found in the Business, Management and Administration cluster.  In addition to the core coursework required by the state of South Carolina for graduation, students interested in a court reporting career are also encourage to enroll in elective courses such as information Technology Foundations, Introduction to Law, Business English and Grammar, and Personal Dictionary Development.

Consider the following facts provided by the National Court Reporters Association:   Over 100 community and proprietary schools in the United States offer education and training in court reporting.  A career in court reporting offers flexible hours, full-time salaries that are above the U.S. median, and certification that can be achieved in two to four years.   So if you’re a part of the legal profession, suggest that your favorite student investigate a career in court reporting.  We’ll all be glad you did!