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. Continue reading
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Since the first coronavirus cases were reported, CompuScripts has stayed abreast of practices promoting the health and safety of our staff, our court reporters, and our clients. At this writing, much of the country has loosened quarantine restrictions. So in this month’s blog, CompuScripts reviews current COVID-19 safety protocols designed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Continue reading
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. 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
Third Annual Words Into Action
Based on our past success, CompuScripts Court Reporters and Legal Videographers announces Words Into Action 2019. Words Into Action is our community involvement campaign. Its purpose is to draw attention to the organizations we are able to support when you book a deposition or order legal transcription from us. Our Words Into Action campaign is an addition to our regular program of charitable giving. 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
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
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.