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.
As of this writing, there are 231 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States. The news site Intelligencer reports that a Westchester County, New York lawyer has been hospitalized with the disease since February 27 and that 18 additional cases are linked to his. While South Carolina officials confirm no cases at present, North Carolina and Georgia confirm five total cases. The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control is currently monitoring 13 individuals for possible exposure.
To do our part to prevent the spread of respiratory illness, our court reporters and legal videographers are asked to follow the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control to decrease the possibility of transmitting common cold, influenza, and coronavirus. In so doing, we hope to protect the health of our clients, court reporters, legal videographers, and their families.
Our court reporters and legal videographers are professional and courteous, but we are asking that they not extend their hands in greeting. This is difficult, especially in the South, so please accept the reporter’s or videographer’s nod as a sign of respect to both your position and your good health. When possible, reporters and videographers may also practice social distancing. They will attempt to maintain at least 3 feet of separation between themselves and other individuals.
In the deposition room, our court reporters and legal videographers are asked to cough or sneeze into a tissue. If that is not possible, they may use their upper sleeves or elbows. They may also carry hand sanitizer, as washing with soap and water is not always possible during a deposition.
This is an unavoidable part of a deposition. It is currently unknown if a person can contract coronavirus by touching a contaminated surface or object. Therefore, we ask our court reporters and legal videographers to use hand sanitizer before and after handling evidence.
The good health of our clients, our court reporters, and our legal videographers is very important to us. Therefore, we hope that everyone will follow these guidelines. And please keep in mind that CompuScripts also offers videoconferencing should your professional travel be curtailed in the coming months.