Web Conference Deposition Witness Prep

Tips for a Web Conference Deposition

Since the beginning of the pandemic, more and more litigators are employing web conference depositions to secure testimony and keep their cases moving.  To that end, CompuScripts has offered training to attorneys and paralegals on subjects such as practical tips for remote depositions and working with exhibits remotely.  The preparation of a witness for a web conference deposition, however, has several unique aspects.  This month, we’d like to offer tips on preparing a witness for a web conference deposition via Zoom or other online platform. (more…)

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Traditional and Online Depositions Available!

CompuScripts Now Scheduling
Traditional and Online Depositions

Now that quarantine restrictions in South Carolina are easing and courts are reopening , CompuScripts is scheduling a mix of traditional and online depositions.  This means that all parties, some parties, or no parties may be in the same physical room during the deposition.  CompuScripts accomplishes this through the use of our large Columbia conference room set up for social distancing.  Because of our unique setup, attorneys can now mix and match aspects of face-to-face and virtual depositions. (more…)

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Schedule our Virtual Conference Room during COVID-19 Crisis

Preparing  for Videoconference Depositions

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…)

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Minimizing Health Risk in the Deposition Room

Advice for Reporters and Videographers

As a company, we pride ourselves on being responsible members of the legal community.  This responsibility extends to the way our court reporters and legal videographers conduct themselves during depositions as we face not only a difficult flu season but fear of the community spread of coronavirus. (more…)

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Maintaining Deposition Transcript Security

Protect Your Deposition Transcripts

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…)

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Deposition Preparation for Paralegals

Today’s blog is authored by CompuScripts’
Litigation Specialist Kaye Mullinax.

Sage Advice for the Legal Professional

In my thirty years as a litigation paralegal, I’ve assisted in the training of many young lawyers, many of whom now sit on either the state or federal bench.  I’ve also trained more new paralegals than I care to count.  I have a lot of information about deposition preparation that should be disseminated to newbies, and I’m happy to share it.

Don’t think you missed the class about deposition preparation.  An instructor probably touched on the topic during a torts class , but not to a degree that was practical application.  I hope this post will make deposition preparation and scheduling go smoothly for new litigation paralegals.   Here are my guidelines on deposition preparation to keep your depositions moving and your cart out of the ditch. (more…)

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Building a Court Reporter’s Wardrobe

Considerations for Building a Wardrobe

The Internet is full of articles with the title, “What Is Business Attire?”  You could argue that the answer depends on the business in question.  Business attire for interior designers may be different than business attire for bank officers.  The South Carolina Court Administration gives general guidance for its official court reporters in its Court Reporter Manual: “All court reporters are required to dress in a professional manner. Business attire must be worn at all times in the courthouse.”  Unfortunately, those are rather unspecific guidelines, so CompuScripts would like to offer three considerations for building a court reporter’s wardrobe. (more…)

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A Court Reporter’s Tasks When the Deponent is Absent

What Do I Do Next?

Imagine this scenario: You’re an experienced, dedicated deposition court reporter.  You packed your bag the night before and scouted parking at the deposition suite.  You arrived early to set up your court-reporting equipment and to check in to your assignment.  By the deposition’s scheduled start time, everyone is present… except the deponent.  In CompuScripts’ 25-year history, our court reporters have encountered this situation numerous times.  These are a court reporter’s tasks when the deponent is absent from the deposition.  (more…)

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Court Reporter Stress and How to Minimize It

Court Reporters Experience Stress Too!

Whether you’re a lumberjack or a yoga instructor, no line of work is without stress.  Individual occupations have their own specific stressors, and court reporting is no different.  Last month, CompuScripts presented the health challenges faced by court reporters.  Today we’d like to discuss court reporter stress and how to minimize it. (more…)

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Tips for Hiring a Legal Interpreter

Legal Interpreter

When a non-English speaker is being deposed, a legal interpreter serves as an officer of the court, assisting in oral communication between witness and attorney while remaining impartial and unbiased.  CompuScripts Court Reporters is experienced with the use of legal interpretation in deposition settings.  Here are the things paralegals should know when hiring a legal interpreter.

Interpreter vs. Translator

When a paralegal is preparing for a deposition with a non-English speaker, it is important to know the difference between an interpreter and a translator.  An interpreter facilitates immediate spoken communication between speakers of different languages, while a translator communicates the meaning of text from one language to another.  The National Center for State Courts states that the interpreter should have “educated, native-like mastery” of both English and the second language, as well as the type of general knowledge that two years of higher education would provide. (more…)

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