As a witness is answering questions, do you really enjoy wildly writing yourself notes in an attempt to remember them for use during your cross-examination? There’s no reason to leave that critical question to either your scratchy notes or your memory. Realtime court reporting can make this habit a distant memory for you. Realtime allows you to represent your clients’ interest with the cutting-edge technology of testimony instantly at your fingertips. It’s immediate, and it’s a tool in your toolbox against the other side. Is a small additional price per page something you want to save at the expense of remembering that all-important answer given three hours earlier? If you’re looking for an advantage over your litigation opponents, realtime could be your answer.
Court reporters play a critical role in the process of justice and they are essential in the deposition and trial process. Choosing a court reporter who can provide state-of-the art technologies allows you to use their skill and talent to your benefit. Hiring a court reporter based on their page rates or your loyalty to a particular reporter could cost you the advantages that realtime offers. You’re essentially opting out of an advantage that many have found to be indispensable. A full-service reporting firm with credentialed, certified realtime reporters leading their team can provide technological advantages of which you may not yet be aware.
So Just What Is Realtime Court Reporting?
Realtime court reporting is defined as the instant translation of the court reporter’s writing on a stenotype, or shorthand machine, into English. Yes, instant. You hear it; you see it. It’s that simple. If it’s something you need to remember, you mark it. Realtime can be provided on a laptop or iPAD, based on your preference. Some lawyers use it for every single deposition they take. Some judges request it for every single trial they cover. It’s habit-forming! It allows you to put your focus on the deposition itself and the actions and reactions of the players without focusing on your note-taking. The notes are taken for you instantaneously. You mark what’s relevant to you right then. You can then go in and search a word, a phrase, an acronym or name for your examination.
And What About Realtime Streaming?
Realtime streaming allows you to share testimony with a team member or expert who is not in the deposition room or courtroom. They can send feedback to you privately offering addition insight for upcoming questions from a remote location across the state or across the world. An expert can explain a technical answer and detail its accuracy or inaccuracy. Maybe your expert can only attend on the day they are going to testify, but not the day when opposing counsel’s expert is testifying. They can sit back in their office chair and watch the testimony as it happens and collaborate in your questioning from a distance. This feature alone could save your client money in hotel costs and lengthy out-of-town stays by only coming to trial or to the deposition on the day they specifically need to be there, yet still have input and consultation abilities.
How Do You Choose A Court Reporter?
So how do you find a court reporter who provides realtime services? It’s very simple. You ask. If your reporting firm doesn’t have realtime certified reporters on their staff, you need to find a firm that provides more up-to-date technologies that can assist you with representing your client. . If you’re using a firm that provides only a quality reporter, but offers no technological options for your litigation team, you’re being short-changed. A superior firm will offer quality reporters and technologies that help advance your team’s efforts at winning cases.
Why Stevens-Koenig Reporting?
At Stevens-Koenig, we have staff reporters who are credentialed and certified to provide the services you need, whether those be realtime, same-day rough drafts or expedited finals. Our reporters maintain their certifications and test regularly to remain competitive in the marketplace and to provide our clients with the advantages at trial and depositions that they deserve to have available. The old adage of “you get what you pay for” is true in court reporting as well. If you get the lowest price in town, you’ll probably get the lowest quality and the lowest level of technology. Don’t you and your clients deserve a court reporting team that utilizes the latest technologies that can save time and money as well as improve efficiency?