Three Discovery Pillars from a Court Reporting Firm

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.

Discovery Depositions

A skilled court reporter is an important part of every litigation team during the discovery phase.  Aside from expert writing skills, an experienced court reporter will request that deposition participants not talk over one another or ask for indistinct speech to be repeated so that the final transcript is as accurate as possible.   If deposition participants require instant access to the transcript, realtime court reporting solutions allow text to be displayed, shared, and saved as it is being recorded, even if participants are in other locations.   Your realtime court reporter can also provide you with a realtime rough draft at the end of the deposition if you are not having the text streamed to a device during the testimony.

Legal Videography for Depositions

During discovery, hiring a legal video specialist for your deposition is extremely valuable.  In her article “Video Depositions: Essentials, Resources,”  Tonya Johnson writes, “Outside of the courtroom, video depositions can also be a valuable tool for reference when considering whether to use particular witnesses at trial, and when preparing for the direct- or cross-examination of those witnesses.”   And when used in the courtroom, a video deposition is much more likely to command the attention of a 21st century jury.  A premiere videographer provides not only high-quality synced media that looks great when presented in a courtroom but also provides you with evidence tools to record persuasive testimony through picture-in-picture technology.

Videoconferencing during Discovery

Videoconferencing  allows participants at two or more locations to communicate simultaneously via audio and video transmission.   During discovery, a client may be in one state, a witness in another, and an attorney in a third.  Whether using a videoconferencing room or mobile videoconferencing technology, the ability to communicate securely through a videoconference eliminates expensive travel while making it easier for parties to schedule meetings and depositions during discovery.  Videoconferencing also reduces time out of the law office, which is valuable when preparing for trial.  When a face-to-face virtual meeting is not necessary, a full-service court-reporting company can coordinate a teleconference

When you find yourself in discovery, choosing a one-stop shop for court reporting, legal videography, and videoconferencing is imperative.  CompuScripts Court Reporters can provide your litigation team with all three services in South Carolina and across the country, and we make it easy to schedule by phone or online.  Make CompuScripts a part of your discovery strategy.

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Construction Litigation Uptick in 2017?

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.
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Digital Exhibit Management in Video Depositions

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…)

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Utilizing Picture-in-Picture in a Deposition

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…)

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Three Value-Added Services for Your Complex Litigation Cases

Complex litigation denotes, even in its name, thorny issues that can make a law firm wince when intensely managing exchanges among multiple parties, geographically dispersed plaintiffs, numerous expert witnesses, complex subject matters, extensive discovery, and complicated testimony in relation to causation. (more…)

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Stop Losing Precious Time Making Video Clips

Save Time Making Clips

Time-saving Tip

How can you efficiently make video clips from testimony that’s been recorded during a deposition? Your answer: Video synchronization. Within seconds, you can locate important information with a keyword search or transcript page and line reference. Gone are the days of spending hours and hours searching Q and A’s to find relevant testimony that you’ve highlighted in a transcript. (more…)

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Unique Court Reporting Service Levels for Five Law Practice Areas

Attorneys make the record; stenographers preserve the record.  There are different ways to preserve testimony for the courtroom that may strengthen your discovery and de bene esse depositions.  Here are examples of leveraging technology for five law practice areas. (more…)

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High Definition Video for Your Living Room and Not Your Courtroom?

by Bruce Balmer

video deposition recordingHigh definition video is not something attorneys are used to requesting for legal video depositions. It’s fairly new in the market, and not every trial preparation package can use it. Please don’t discount it, however, as something you shouldn’t request as a capture format or as a deliverable. (more…)

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Customizing Your Video Deposition Evidence

bruce balmerGuest post by Bruce Balmer, MBA, CIRM, CLVS, CCVS, in-house CompuScripts legal video expert and CompuScripts Vice President. Nationally Bruce is a well-respected member of the legal video community, a steady contributor to online legal video forums, as well as a frequent speaker on legal video topics for the National Court Reporters Association. He has extensive knowledge of video capture and conversion, specializing in video acquisition, editing, and post-production. (more…)

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