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You might say that a court reporting agency should be seen but not heard. When court reporters do their jobs right, you shouldn’t notice them at all. And yet, one court reporting agency is at the center of a bizarre twist in a high profile case. Since 2000, about 60 women have accused comedian Bill

IRRITATING BEHAVIORS OF COURT REPORTING AGENCIES After I listened to my court reporter’s gripes about lawyer behavior, she asked what court reporters and court reporting agencies do that makes lawyers’ jobs difficult.  I said: Overcharging Out-of-town Counsel Many of my depositions are taken out of town.  I was shocked to see bills submitted by some

5 THINGS THAT IRRITATE COURT REPORTERS

Monday, 23 January 2017 by

After an intense day, my court reporter confided that attorneys – just some – behave in ways that make her job difficult.  I asked her to describe the most irritating, and she identified five: Talking Simultaneously Court reporters want to deliver accurate transcripts to counsel.  Transcript quality is threatened when attorneys talk at the same

Legal Videography and Videoconferencing Most upscale court reporting agencies offer their clientele more than just stenography coverage; their services often include legal videography and videoconferencing.  When making arrangements with a court reporting agency, it is important to recognize the difference between legal videography and videoconferencing in order to get the services that you require. Legal

In a bizarre turn of events, one of the most well-known court reporting schools shut its doors in early January. Sage College, a private for-profit school in Moreno Valley, closed two weeks before the end of the quarter, turning away hundreds of court reporting and paralegal students. Despite its good reputation, Sage College has been

COURT REPORTERS OR TAPE RECORDERS

Monday, 26 December 2016 by

COURT REPORTERS OR TAPE RECORDERS? by Gregory Keyser, Esq. I attended a deposition recently.  I didn’t hire the court reporting agency for this deposition, and didn’t recognize the court reporter.  She didn’t carry the stenographic equipment I associate with professional court reporters, but unloaded tape recorders and a notepad. This wasn’t the first time I’d

5 Qualities All Successful Court Reporters Must Have Court reporting agencies are constantly hiring new court reporters. In fact, between 2012 and 2022, job opportunities are expected to rise by 10%. But some just aren’t cut out for the job. In order to be a court reporter, there are some essential traits that you need

Historically, American courts create a record of most court hearings to facilitate public and appellate review of proceedings.  Until recently, trial proceedings were recorded by litigation services or a court reporter who transcribed verbatim testimony, arguments, and rulings spoken by trial participants.  But technological advances in recording systems have encouraged some American courts to install

Court reporters and legal videographers bear the responsibility to create and keep the official record of legal proceedings.  The moral authority of court reporters or legal videographers over the record requires impartiality — the official record can’t be entrusted to one having a stake in a proceeding’s outcome. To protect the authority of court reporters

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

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