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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

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

5 TIPS FOR A SMOOTHER DEPOSITION

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

WHO’S IN CHARGE OF THIS DEPOSITION?

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


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There are three court reporting associations that operate within the United States: The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA), and the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT). However, the National Court Reporters Association is the one that hosted the 77th annual National Speed Competition last week in Chicago.

Court reporting agencies have grown and evolved over the years. Today, court reporting is one of the most valuable and important careers when you consider the prevalence of legal issues and lawsuits. However, becoming a court report takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but the career is absolutely worth it for the right

People are always searching for new and exciting career opportunities. Exciting jobs can be great to have, but difficult to find, and even more difficult to obtain. Starting a career as a stenographer, also known as a court reporter, can be very rewarding and lead to great career opportunities for the future. Being a court

Court reporters, or court stenographers as they’re also known, are the people who transcribe virtually every word uttered during legal proceedings. That’s not all they do, though. Many court reporters also provide deposition services, in which they transcribe witnesses’ sworn testimonies given out-of-court. In fact, 70% of the court reporters in the U.S. regularly work

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