Legal Work and School Work Can Work!
As a new school year approaches, schools across the country struggle with how to safely educate their students. Some districts will attempt traditional, in-person instruction. Others will begin the semester with distance learning. And still others offer parents the choice of traditional instruction OR distance learning. It’s highly likely that at some point this year, children will receive instruction at home. So how is a busy attorney, paralegal, or court reporter to balance professional demands with building blocks or algebra remediation? CompuScripts offers these suggestions to make distance learning work with your work. Continue reading
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 . Continue reading
Busy Court Reporters Need Fuel!
It has been said that an army runs on its stomach, and CompuScripts’ army of court reporters knows the importance of a good meal. Depositions can by lengthy, and skipping meals may result in low blood sugar. And according to Piedmont Healthcare, “Low blood sugar causes people to feel irritable, confused and fatigued. The body begins to increase production of cortisol, leaving us stressed and hangry.” These are not symptoms that a court reporter wants to experience during a deposition. So today, we’d like to suggest some South Carolina restaurants for busy court reporters. Continue reading
The Argument is Ongoing,
Contentious, and Real
Recently, we spoke with a friend of CompuScripts Court Reporting who was using a dating website for the first time. In her profile, she listed three questions to be answered before she would agree to a date:
- Are you allergic to dogs?
- Do you like to travel?
- Where do you stand on the Oxford comma?
The last question sounds as if it were meant in jest, but as a company whose stock-in-trade is words, we know that both proponents and opponents take the answer very seriously. Therefore, CompuScripts would like to discuss how and when to use the Oxford comma. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
How Are Transcripts Produced?
Litigators are familiar with the presence of the court reporter in the deposition room, listening intently to testimony and objections while recording it all on the steno machine. But a lot goes on between the deposition room and the delivery of the deposition transcript. More professionals work behind the scenes than you might think. So today, CompuScripts would like to outline the four steps of deposition transcript production. Continue reading
South Carolina Court Reporters
Make New Year’s Resolutions
Many South Carolina court reporters will soon make resolutions for the approaching new year. Studies suggest they’re doing the right thing. “You are 10 times more likely to change by making a New Year’s resolution compared to non-resolvers with the identical goals and comparable motivation to change,” said Dr. John Norcross of the University of Scranton. Some court reporters set personal goals, such as losing weight or getting more sleep. Some goals, however, reflect a court reporter’s desire to improve as a professional. Today we suggest three resolutions for South Carolina court reporters in 2019. Continue reading
Court Reporters and Internet Shopping
Hearings and depositions often cancel at the last minute, or they run longer than planned. Hearings and depositions also schedule with little notice. One of a court reporter’s greatest characteristics is flexibility, but this flexibility is often challenged during the holidays, when social gatherings, school events, and Christmas shopping are added to the mix. Many court reporters use their early mornings and late nights to shop online, so today, we offer tips on Internet shopping security for court reporters.
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. Continue reading
In previous blogs, CompuScripts Court Reporters has introduced you to members of our court reporting team and described the excellent work they do for our clients in the legal profession. Today, we’d like to introduce you to a court reporter we never had the chance to meet, and describe the excellent work that’s being done in her memory for dogs and disaster victims across the country. But before we meet her, what has brought this to the forefront is the introduction of H.R. 1566, the Local Courthouse Safety Act, by Rep. Ted Poe of Texas. We applaud legislation that assists in protecting those of us who serve in the courthouse. Continue reading