Today’s blog is authored by CompuScripts’
Litigation Specialist Kaye Mullinax.
Sage Advice for the Legal Professional
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. Continue reading
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
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
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
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.
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.
If your patent infringement case or other civil litigation requires eliciting testimony from non-English speaking witnesses, here are some best practices we’ve observed for making sure your interpreted deposition is accurate and useful when employing an interpreter to accommodate the interpretation to and from English and a target language. Continue reading
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