Like so many industries right now, the legal landscape has changed. Social distancing restrictions are making it more difficult for attorneys to conduct depositions in the ways they’re accustomed to. But it is possible to conduct a remote deposition successfully using our virtual conference room. CompuScripts has been scheduling remote depositions for more than a decade, and we’d like to teach you about preparing for videoconference depositions. (more…)Read more..
In an age in which data theft is constantly in the news, deposition transcript security should be on the mind of every freelance court reporter. From scheduling to delivery, there are opportunities for the transcript or the exhibits to be compromised. Addressing this issue, the NCRA’s Code of Professional Ethics, Provision 4, states that a member court reporter shall “…preserve the confidentiality and ensure the security of information, oral or written, entrusted to the Member by any of the parties in a proceeding.” In keeping with the organization’s provision, CompuScripts would like to suggest ways of maintaining deposition transcript security . (more…)Read more..
If you’re trying to plan a meeting with participants from a many locations, it’s hard to beat successful teleconferences. Travel time is eliminated, attendance is greater, and more is accomplished. But none of this matters if the audio isn’t clear. CompuScripts regularly hosts teleconferences at our Columbia Videoconference Center, so we’d like to explain how teleconferencing works and give you some tips for successful teleconferences. (more…)Read more..
Communicating with clients, scheduling depositions, and meeting deadlines have always been sources of stress in the law office. Ironically, rapid development in the very technology that was designed to make legal work easier has led to law practice technostress. The Oxford Dictionary defines technostress as “stress or psychosomatic illness caused by working with computer technology on a daily basis,” and neither lawyer nor paralegal is immune.
Picture this classic movie image: A worried parent sits by the phone, waiting for a ransom demand for the release of a kidnapped loved one. Police officers sit nearby, waiting for the information they need to locate the victim and bring the kidnapper to justice. (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..
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..
At CompuScripts Court Reporting, we understand the need to stay organized. Every day we send court reporters to locations in the Upstate, Midlands, and Lowcountry of South Carolina. We host depositions in our conference rooms in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville. We deliver transcripts via E-transcript, TextMap, and YesLaw PDF. As the holidays approach, however, and we add parties, school performances, and family travel to the mix, staying organized becomes even more important. We’ve been researching mobile apps to help our legal industry clients stay on top of things, and these are some of the best we’ve found.Read more..
In the courtroom, words matter. Law students study legal writing and oral advocacy. Court reporting students study vocabulary and the foundations of language. From deposition to final disposition, the words a lawyer chooses and the way those words are recorded by a court reporter are the backbone of legal proceedings. (more…)Read more..