Before you go to trial, it’s important to have the right team in place to support you. While runners, law clerks, and paralegals are indispensable, one of your greatest allies during discovery is the right court reporting firm. From court reporters to legal videographers to videoconference hosts, a full service court reporting firm can provide you with critical resources you need during discovery.
The good news for residential builders in 2017 is that Forbes Magazine expects small but continued growth in new builds during the first half of the year. The bad news is that increases in residential construction are often followed by increases in construction defect lawsuits, and both homeowners and builders who previously only watched legal drama on television are finding themselves embroiled in construction litigation, whether in the mediation room or the courtroom.
If you’ve spent any time in a courtroom recently, you may have noticed an empty seat. In more and more states, budgetary concerns are replacing court reporters with electronic recording systems (ERS) monitored by court personnel. In every other way, a trial or hearing may continue normally, but when court is adjourned, the attorney or paralegal may have the added responsibility of finding an experienced legal transcriptionist to produce the proceeding’s audio transcription.
As a trial date approaches, a litigation paralegal performs many invaluable tasks. While assisting the lawyer, a litigation paralegal calendars dates, organizes briefs, prepares witnesses, and contacts experts. But his or her duties do not stop at the courthouse door. Once a trial begins, a paralegal may be called on to assist attorneys from the first row or at counsel’s table, and use of proper courtroom etiquette contributes to a judge or jury’s final decision. Here are our four courtroom etiquette rules for paralegals.
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..
Over the past several years, the business of litigation has changed. Clients with leverage have negotiated minimal fees for their litigators’ travel time and other expenses. Impacting everything from ethics guidelines to client development is the exponential growth of social media, such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. (more…)Read more..
When you are creating a transcript on a conference call, good teleconference manners will not only keep the proceedings polite, but they will keep your record clean and understandable. (more…)Read more..
There are times in a deposition setting that a large number of exhibits need to be viewed by the deponent. Videographers are asked, at times, to zoom in on the exhibit to capture what is being discussed by the deponent. This is standard practice in the industry. (more…)Read more..
Perspective by Debbie Dusseljee, CompuScripts President
As Court Reporting & Captioning Week draws to a close, I’d like to share a brief synopsis of my career to pique your interest in the professional life and career of a court reporter. While you will hear some people voice concerns about technological advances in voice recognition rendering us obsolete, I see expanding opportunities for using yet another tool in the advancement in the art of capturing the spoken word as written text. You will always need a neutral guardian to verify the integrity of a legal record, and into the foreseeable future, there are many environments where sounds cannot be processed exclusively by machinery. Harkening back to my Trekkie days, even in Star Trek’s original series, I remember there was a court reporter in its two-part episode of “The Menagerie” when Spock was on trial. (more…)Read more..
Litigation is not the only thing that takes a hit when technology fails. Apparently Microsoft Surface tablets were not functioning properly during the recent AFC championship game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots. CNET reported, “On the last defensive possession the Patriots’ coaches did not have access to those tablets to show pictures to their players.”Read more..