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
Millennials, Act Two
Gallup has studied the work habits of Millenials, and its analysis could be good news in the court reporting field. Gallup reports that 60 percent of Millennials – those born between 1980 and 1996 – are open to changing jobs. For Millenials interested in court reporting, their prior experience may be valuable in many areas of litigation. Continue reading
Military Spouses Seek Employment
A military family will experience a permanent change of station, or PCS, on the average of every two years. And as hard as this is on service members, it also hard on military spouses. Frequent moves make it difficult for them to build their résumés or to advance in their professions. If you know a military spouse looking for a transferable career, CompuScripts suggests court reporting! Continue reading
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. 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
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
Deposition Court Reporters
Can Stay Healthy on the Job!
Most people are familiar with what deposition court reporters do. As guardians of the record, they transcribe the words spoken during a deposition into a written form that can be used as litigation progresses. Unlike logging or roofing, court reporting does not immediately come to mind as a profession with inherent risks. Yet deposition court reporters, because of heavy equipment, irregular mealtimes, and sedentary work environments, can face real health problems. Being mindful is always the key to making changes, so here are some health tips for deposition court reporters.