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

Should I “synch” my video transcript ?

Thursday, 13 October 2016 by

I recently completed the out-of-state legal video deposition of a witness in a fraud case.  The witness had business ties to the defendant and, despite obvious attempts to help the defendant, was very helpful to my case.  Because I don’t expect the witness to be available for trial, I ordered both the deposition transcript and


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

As the President of Elite Reporting Agency, I am responsible to hire freelance court reporters to cover assignments for the agency’s clientele.  Over the years,  I’ve compiled a list of key things to look for when considering a professional court reporter for a court reporting position at the firm. Has this individual obtained any state

A Brief History of Court Reporting

Monday, 12 September 2016 by

Court reporting techniques actually date back to ancient times, when court scribes would document words and deeds. Fortunately, the field has developed immensely since then. Before court reporting became what it is today, methods were much more difficult: Marcus Tullius Tiro used shorthand to document the speeches of Cicero and other Roman leaders in the