If you have traveled out of state in order to depose a witness for an upcoming trial, court reporting in real time allows other lawyers in your firm back at home to take part in the proceedings. This can be a great way for your firm to save money and time on travel and post-deposition meetings. However, in order for this process to work effectively, it's necessary to avoid the following first-time mistakes.
Failing to Do a Dry Run A Day Beforehand
You might assume that it will be simple to set all the computers up to work with real time reporting, and while the process may not be complicated, it may take some time to set up the electronics properly. Software may need to be updated, or there might be other issues that need to be resolved before the deposition takes place. If you fail to do this a day or so beforehand, you are likely to invoke the ire of the person you are deposing and the opposing lawyers as they wait for everything to be set up.
Setting No Ground Rules
If you aren't familiar with court reporting in real time, it's important to realize that words will flash across the device screens of everyone who is logged into the session. You might hear a question clearly, but if crosstalk is happening, the court reporter may be unable to take down every bit of what each person is saying. People watching from a remote location might not be able to understand everything happening.
That's why it's a good idea to set some ground rules before you start. Ask that everyone speak clearly and loudly and that they wait before the other speaker is done before talking.
Correcting Typing Mistakes During the Deposition
As part of a normal real time reporting session, it is not unusual that a reporter uses their own personal shorthand to keep up with testimony. You might see "rite" on the screen instead of "right", for instance. This may bother you, but remember that the final report will be edited to remove mistakes like this. Refrain from making comments about this during the proceedings.
The only time to stop a reporter during this process is when you feel that the typo could interfere with critical information. For example, if you notice that the reporter has typed "15 feet away" instead of "50 feet away," it is only proper to stop and correct the information on record.
Use the above information so that the deposition goes well. Work closely with the court reporter and their company to ensure that there are no problems during the deposition and the final report is delivered in a timely manner so you can move forward with your trial.
For more information, contact a local company like Farrell Court Reporting.Share