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..