Litigation: The Present and the Future

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.

It’s not enough that data is now collected from cloud repositories like Dropbox and Google Drive, but the types of digital files with which you and your litigation team must contend have vastly expanded, in addition to bring-your- own-device challenges. Currently on the watch list is the Internet of things and its impact on e-discovery. If that’s not enough, modest and technical amendments – “even persnickety” amendments – were made in 2015 to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure influencing the way you practice law.

In reference to his newest book, “The Future of Almost Everything,” Patrick Dixon remarked, “Every trend in every industry affects every other trend…  It is impossible, for example, to talk about the future of retail without talking about global manufacturing trends, or the growth of online sales, which in turn are affected by things such as energy prices or use of smartphones, social media, government regulations… and so on.”

Service trends in the court-reporting industry are intrinsically linked with changes in the litigation sector and the preferences of corporate litigants. Repository and depository services offered by court-reporting firms have been around for quite some time, but the needs of law firms, corporations, and government organizations have increased demand for third-party cloud storage and access solutions among counsel, co-counsel, clients, expert witnesses, and the like.

Similarly, Americans have been relocating to big cities, so litigants, as well as witnesses, may be in a different location than where a lawsuit was filed or counsel retained. Economic pressures on expenses such as travel have attorneys continuing to look for less expensive options where they can depose or otherwise communicate face to face with key people. First, court reporting companies offered videoconferencing facilities like CompuScripts does in Charleston, Columbia, and Greenville. Brick-and-mortar facilities are typically comfortable conference rooms with reliable, secure connections to the outside world, but there are more geographic locations where people live and work than just sites where a conference room is found. Mobile videoconferencing options are now available to accommodate point-to-point conferences or bridged conferences anywhere in South Carolina or beyond. You, as lawyers, can select services based on your specific needs, from premium HD conference services with the latest security protocols all the way down to free video call apps with little assurance of safety or reliability.

Attorneys still need to travel for particular depositions and important meetings. It is well recognized that regardless of the location, depositions are an expensive line item. So when you have an out-of-town deposition, you want the same reliable and trustworthy court-reporting and legal video services you receive from your local professionals. CompuScripts invests heavily in its relationships with colleagues across the United States and throughout the world. Bruce Balmer and Debbie Dusseljee, CompuScripts principals, have personal relationships with many of the executives of vetted companies with which CompuScripts networks.

Innovation is a category where CompuScripts is recognized for its leadership. Whether it’s helping clients with new applications for streaming realtime text or streaming exhibits, web streaming video, or high-definition picture-in-picture capture, our company makes it happen under the capable talents of Bruce Balmer.  Bruce not only shares his knowledge base with local South Carolina attorneys and legal staff, but he’s a consultant for court-reporting firms throughout the country that are updating their legal video operations.

No matter what the future holds, there is one thing you can trust: CompuScripts is passionate about providing professional court reporters and legal videographers who can service your ever-changing litigation needs in a timely, efficient, accessible, and friendly manner.

Are you ready to schedule your next deposition? Until telepathic communication is trending, we offer three convenient ways to schedule your next deposition. For a quick, personal conversation, give us a call. If you prefer to book online, we’ve got you covered. Short on time, email your notice. Once your request is scheduled, we will email you a confirmation. Just to make sure no details have changed, one business day prior to the deposition, our office will touch base with you.