As a freelance court reporter, there are two options available as you begin your reporting career:  an employee of a reporting agency or working for yourself (sole proprietor or independent contractor).  Here are some important things to know about working as an independent contractor in the reporting field.   As an independent contractor: You decide when

I’ve been a trial attorney a long time.  I’ve taken many depositions in many environments throughout the United States.  Whatever the environment, I know what I need from a court reporting agency.  It’s a short list, but it’s essential. I need a court reporting agency to be independent A court reporting firm and its court

What do Freelancer Reporters need to know before covering a trial as an Official Court Reporter? By Brenda Keyser, RDR, CRR, CRC, CME, CLR So you’re a freelance court reporter and you’ve been requested to cover a trial in a courtroom that uses electronic recording.  That’s great!  As reporters, we know that covering a trial

Court reporters keep the official record of trial proceedings.  It’s a function critical to the fair operation of the American judicial system.  The job demands incredible skill, requiring court reporters to discern, record, and transcribe testimony verbatim in an argumentative atmosphere peppered with argument from multiple sources often speaking simultaneously and fast. Yet, incredibly, the

So you want to be a Court Reporter?

Wednesday, 26 October 2016 by

Becoming a court reporter When becoming a court reporter, many people don’t know that there are a variety of different fields that you can delve into. Court reporting has three primary facets that are equally important to the judicial process:  Official/freelance reporting, closed captioning, and CART. Official/freelance reporting This is what people most often associate with


Wednesday, 19 October 2016 by

When requesting court reporting services from a court reporting agency, many attorneys ask whether a court reporter is “certified.”  The answer depends on what is meant by certification. Professional court reporting services are certified by the National Court Reporters Association, a professional association comprised of court reporters, legal videographers, and court reporting firms throughout the


Monday, 03 October 2016 by

Attorneys are deposition experts, taking depositions for each case they handle.   Court reporters provide court reporting services every day for many go more smoothly? DON’T ARGUE One big disruption to a smooth deposition is argument – arguments with attorneys, with witnesses, and even with court reporters or legal videographers.  The arguments threaten to derail


Tuesday, 27 September 2016 by

An attorney has scheduled a deposition.  He’s subpoenaed the witness, issued a deposition notice, hired a court reporter, hired a legal videographer, and paid a deposit for court reporting services. The court reporter swears the witness and, as anticipated, the witness is less than cooperative.  His counsel objects to proper questions, becoming increasingly commanding and

The court reporting firm I regularly use challenged me a few weeks ago.  One of the court reporters asked why I don’t use a legal videographer more often.  I appreciated the question; It made me think of how I can more effectively use court reporting services, court reporters, and legal videographers.  Particularly, it made me

When scheduling a deposition through a national court reporting agency, there are several important details that must be provided to ensure that the deposition runs smoothly. The agency will need to know the date, time and location of the deposition.  If possible, supply the estimated duration. Should arrangements need to be made for the location of