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.
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.
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 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.Read more..
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.
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..
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…)Read more..