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A Look at a Court Reporter’s Remote Deposition Setup

Posted on: April 12th, 2021 by kid chronic No Comments

When COVID-19 first forced workplace closures back in March of 2020, people across the country quickly found themselves working from their home office, dining room, table, couch, and other unique locations within their homes. Basically, it was anywhere they could find a quiet place to do their work. The legal industry, including professional court reporters like those at CourtScribes, was certainly not immune to the work-from-home trend.

Court reporters shifted to working remotely and had to re-engineer how they operate in their day-to-day in reporting depositions and other proceedings. The emergence of new remote platforms, guidelines, and client expectations led court reporters to quickly adapt to ensure business as usual to capture the record.

At the onset of the pandemic, remote working meant simply setting up a workspace at the kitchen table or in the living room. Now a year later, with a lot of creativity being applied, many court reporters have learned helpful “do’s and don’ts” for at-home remote deposition setups.

We have learned that many professional court reporters created many interesting and effective remote deposition offices.

As the pandemic continues and the acceptance of remote formats for proceedings continues to gain widespread adoption and acceptance, it is important to stay up-to-date on best practices and considerations for a successful remote deposition.

In preparation for upcoming and future remote depositions, we gathered equipment and accessory recommendations that make the process easier for both you and your clients.

If you need court remote deposition services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersburg, and Rockville.

Derek Chauvin Trial Highlights the Crucial Work of Court Reporters

Posted on: April 5th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

The Derek Chauvin (George Floyd’s kneeling police officer) trial is taking place, and someone in the courtroom who doesn’t get any publicity has one of the more important jobs. That job is the court reporter. CourtScribes agrees. This may be the most important person in the courtroom.

A court reporter is responsible for accurately transcribing every word that’s said in open court. Christine Phipps, the president of the National Court Reporters Association, says the job comes with a lot of pressure.

 

“Somebody’s life hinges on that testimony,” Phipps said. “It’s the court reporter’s certified transcript that rules the day over anybody’s memory of what might have been said. That is going to be what’s argued on appeal.”

 

Court reporting isn’t done letter by letter. Court reporters use combinations of keys to type by phonetic sounds. Shorthand gets proofread and fleshed out later.

When a trial goes on for two weeks, it could probably get between 2,500 to 3,000 pages of transcript you need to proof.

If something is missed or needs to be repeated, the court reporter will interrupt the proceedings, but tries to do so as delicately as possible. The reporter will also confer with the judge if they feel someone in the courtroom should be instructed to slow down.

Getting correct and proper testimony is key in any trial, but even more so in a trial that the whole world is watching. We at CourtScribes know this is true. That is why this position may actually be the most important in any given courtroom.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersburg, and Rockville.

Reasons to Hire a Digital Court Reporter

Posted on: March 29th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

As CourtScribes has noted in several posts in the past, there is a growing shortage of stenographers. This reality combined with the fact that the average age of a court reporter is 53, leaves cause for concern about the profession’s future. Additional contributing factors to this shortage include a significant decrease in graduates from professional stenographic training and the closure of many training schools, according to the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT).

To overcome these hurdles, the court reporting industry has been tapping into digital court recording systems, such as audio and video recordings of proceedings and advanced transcription technologies, which provide accurate court reporting.

What is a Digital Court Reporter

Like a stenographer, a digital court reporter is a notary. Responsibilities include swearing in witnesses and marking exhibits.

Instead of the traditional stenography machine, these professionals record the proceedings using digital technology. That usually means audio, but also includes video. Professionals take notes during the recordings either manually or by annotating in a software platform, and then submit these for transcription into a cohesive document afterward.

 

How Digital Court Reporting Future-Proofs Your Business

The biggest difference between digital and standard stenographic court reporting is that digital court recording systems allow businesses to grow and future-proof their operations.

Both clients and the legal system as a whole are transitioning into digital. There’s little dispute that digital court reporting is more efficient. Companies can get faster transcripts at better prices and avoid unwanted delays due to the stenographer shortage.

Cost savings is also a significant factor. Based on data from the AAERT, court reporting companies that transition into digital are expected to save nearly $250K USD over the next decade simply by transitioning from stenography to digital court reporting systems. Advanced technologies, therefore, provide the opportunity to lower costs, while also serving more clients faster.

 

How Digital Court Reporting Improves Turnaround and Quality

It has been learned that legal clients prefer to work with digital court reporters due to the faster turnaround that advanced transcription software provides. Due to artificial intelligence, instantaneous transcription also continues to be more accurate, as the software learns from its mistakes. Even if the transcription provider offers additional review by humans, the process is faster.

A top concern and also deciding factor is the quality and accuracy of court reports. Since the software is trained to understand both legal terms and a client’s own specific situation, the most advanced products provide 99% accuracy. Similarly, if selected software features an automatic sound recognition (ASR) engine, it can distinguish between different speakers to avoid confusion.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersburg, and Rockville.

Court Reporting Service Market is Anticipated to Grow

Posted on: March 22nd, 2021 by joshw No Comments

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New studies are showing that the court reporting service market is anticipated to grow well into 2027. CourtScribes is here to go over the findings. They were quite interesting.

The reports show present technological revolutions are continuously minimizing paperwork in legal proceedings with a gradual shift towards non-paper mode and an increase in digitalization. The rise in digitization is leading court reporting services to shift from a traditional reporting system to a remote reporting system, where lawyers and their clients can attend deposition remotely.

It is observed that governments in various countries are increasing their investment towards paperless in court proceedings. Globally, governments are continuously trying to expedite the court hearing process along with quick judgments in the least possible time.

 

What is Causing the Change

Another factor that is fueling the growth of the court reporting service market is the modernization of court structure and adopting modern software technologies for legal proceedings. Real-time transcription services are helping the attorneys, to instantly read, search and annotate a testimony along with a facility to leave deposition with a copy of the transcript.

The services also arrange a transcript copy for future references. The internet deposition facility provides greater flexibility in the hearing process, where the attorney and client can attend a court hearing session through the secured virtual space, no matter their physical presence.

Presently, courts are also promoting video recording practices during the deposition in order to bring more clarity to the entire hearing process. Modern software technologies provide data security facilities where unauthorized persons are restricted to access the database, however, authorized persons can access these details at any time and from any location.

In terms of revenue, the global court reporting service market stood at $4.4 million in 2018 and is anticipated to reach $6.5 million by 2027.

 

Key Findings of the Report:

 

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Esquire Acquires Willette Court Reporting Its Second Acquisition of 2021

Posted on: March 15th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

Court reporting gets bigger and bigger especially as CourtScribes reports acquisitions that occur in the community.

Esquire Deposition Solutions, a leading national provider of remote and in-person court reporting, video, and interpreting services, is pleased to announce it has acquired Willette Court Reporting. This acquisition strengthens Esquire’s industry leadership and expands its presence in Wausau and Central Wisconsin.

Willette’s network of highly skilled stenographic court reporters has serviced the area since 1985, with a focus on medical, expert, and technical testimony. Christine Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC, founder and owner of Willette Court Reporting, will become Esquire’s Vice President of Acquisition Strategy, where she will leverage her deep court reporting industry expertise to drive acquisition initiatives and work closely with Esquire’s court reporter and service partner programs.

 

“I am thrilled to welcome Chris to the Esquire family,” stated Terrie Campbell, Esquire’s Chief Executive Officer. “Her deep industry knowledge and history of industry leadership will add great value to service providers and clients as well. Chris will play an important role in helping Esquire navigate our clients, service providers, and employees through this unprecedented period of technology-driven industry transformation.”

 

This acquisition marks Esquire’s second recent acquisition following its announcement of the Honorable acquisition.  Esquire’s strategy of growth via acquisition enables local and regional court reporting firms nationwide to leverage Esquire’s investments and industry-leading platform.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Hiring the Right Stenographer

Posted on: March 8th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

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If you weren’t familiar by now with who those people are that are typing away during court proceedings are, they’re known as stenographers. Sometimes, they are also referred to as court reporters. They are incredibly helpful because the service they provide is helping a court, and all the members of it, jot down and record the proceedings by creating a written report.

While the courts require them, private attorneys and often businesses will occasionally need to find qualified stenographers that are able to do the job properly, which means that there is a checklist of qualifications to look for. Here are some of the ways to hire a good stenographer that a company like CourtScribes offers.

Start by Searching Court Reporter Companies

There are plenty of companies that hire out stenographers or reporters for the courts. This makes it easy to find the best out there as a court reporting company will feature only the most qualified, and the most trusted stenographers available. It’s also a lot easier to negotiate rates or fees, as well as scheduling when a large company is handling the bulk of the heavy lifting.

Check References & Reviews

On company sites, or anywhere else that a stenographer has listed work or availability, you’ll want to check references or reviews. Any job that is skilled labor will have reviews to help you decide on the right contractor. Stenographers are an example of this kind of contractor that can be found with reviews or even references to help bolster their claims of being qualified for the job. It’s important to always read these reviews to see what former clients have said about them, good or bad.

Find a Stenographer That Charges Reasonable Rates

Stenographers don’t charge an exorbitant amount considering their work, but they are not cheap. It’s not surprising to find stenographers that range in fees between $20 – $80/hr. It can be a lot or a little, depending on the length of the need. It’s still important to note that hiring a good stenographer is an important part of the process to ensure that the reporting of the court case (or whatever business transcription might be needed) is done effectively and efficiently. This is not something you’d want to mess up by hiring inferior workers, so a reasonable rate can be flexible if they are very experienced and qualified.

View Their Skills & Qualifications

Many stenographers, whether working full-time for a company or as a freelancer is that they should have a list of their skills and qualifications. Any kind of certificates or previous experiences working in sectors involving their typing, notation, and dictation skills are things that they will want to show off to make themselves look like more qualified and attractive candidates. You can easily view these, as well as looking them up on LinkedIn, to verify and determine if they are the right kind of candidates.

Meet & Vet Potential Candidates

You also have the option to meet up and interview the candidates or do a little more investigating to see how they are. It’s never a bad idea to meet face to face because this adds a more human approach to the entire process where you can finally meet and see them and figure out if they may be the right hire. Picking out a good stenographer means going with your gut sometimes, so getting a good interview process going will help you figure this out.

 

Stenographers might not be a household name when it comes to professions, but their services are invaluable nonetheless. Finding a good stenographer for a court case is also a hugely important process, so following these tips will help you make the right choice in picking a qualified court reporter. If done properly, you would end up with a stenographer than can get the job done in an efficient and effective manner.

 

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

CourtScribes Providing 24/7 Online Access to Your Private Online Repository

Posted on: March 1st, 2021 by joshw No Comments

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CourtScribes is the website and court service for all of your court reporter, remote court access, and online database needs. One of the top features offered is that CourtScribes offers 24/7 access to a private online repository that will hold all of your transcripts, exhibits, and videos regardless of where you might be located. By using either a computer, tablet, or smartphone, one can access all files on-demand. If you need the help of some of the most skilled court reporters in the business, then you must contact CourtScribes today!

 

What Type of Services does a Court Reporting Agency Provide?

CourtScribes takes pride in providing the most high-value skills many court reporting agencies don’t even possess. Here are some services that CourtScribes provides:

CourtScribes covers trials, arbitrations, depositions, mediations and hearings.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Do You Need a Service Like CourtScribes

Posted on: February 22nd, 2021 by joshw No Comments

If you weren’t aware, CourtScribes is a team of highly professional court reporters & stenographers that lead the industry in top of the line court reporting technology for a fraction of the price. An experienced court reporter is essential to every case. This includes federal, state and local jurisdictions.

Did you know that digital recording is now the exclusive method for all Supreme Court cases. With professional legal videography, ease of access databases, and transcripts that are made with effective and precise support services, CourtScribes provides a service that paralegals and attorneys alike can rely on. Whether it’s a trial, deposition, arbitration, mediation, or a hearing, visit CourtScribes.com or call 1-833-SCRIBES today to inquire about their services.

 

Top of the Line Services

 

Audio Recording

CourtScribes audio recording equipment is designed to record every voice clearly and precisely. Each sound channel is dedicated to another person. Without having interfering channels, each voice will be captured in its own time allowing for playback at any time. Regardless of outside noise, accents or low speaking voices, there should be zero issues with our court reporters’ abilities to capture every moment.

Videography

CourtScribes provides live and on-demand video streaming for your proceedings. These videos are also kept in our database for needed use. We use video-to-text synchronization for easy research into a past video. Using our time-recorded transcripts, you’ll be able to lookup statements from a perfect text record that matches up with both video and audio in perfection. Our top of the line technology will ensure that your case will be recorded with precision and accuracy.

Audio Transcripts

Each sample of audio will be replayed, documented and time-stamped for future review if needed. There won’t be any issues if a previous statement needs to be retraced or disputed. These transcripts are available through our 24/7 online database.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recoding then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

 

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Boulder County in Colorado Feeling Impact of Court Reporter Layoffs

Posted on: February 15th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

CourtScribes is reporting that after the 20th Judicial District laid off its court reporting staff due to budget constraints, attorneys in Boulder County, Colorado are trying to adjust to not having appointed employees creating a record during hearings and trials.

When the pandemic hit in March and led to budget chaos for the state, Boulder County court reporters knew there was a chance some of them could be impacted.

Unfortunately, that is what ended up happening as the 20th Judicial District laid off all of its court reporters.

Officials with the 20th Judicial District said they could not comment on the decision as it related to internal employee matters.

“I think Boulder made the decision that they thought was best for the district,” Kim Ritter said. “COVID has hit everybody really, really hard. It was scary for all of us, because we had been there for so long. When you get laid off it’s hard. And its scary because you don’t know what’s next.”

But understanding the decision did not make it any easier. Ritter has been a court reporter in Boulder County for 20 years full time and more than that if you count her time as a substitute court reporter to start her career.

The Effects are Everywhere

In addition to the hardships faced by the court reporters who got laid off, the decision has also affected the courts and attorneys.

“The impact of cutting court reports has been significant,” Boulder District Attorney Michael Dougherty said. “The court reporters are incredibly important, highly skilled people who do the difficult job of taking down every single word spoken in court.”

Without reporters, judges and attorneys were suddenly relying on a recording device to transcribe court proceedings. And it has been an adjustment.

Attorneys said the recording device has not been as effective in picking up sound from every part of the courtroom and sometimes does not catch what every witness is saying, especially with witnesses now wearing masks into court and some hearings taking place over spotty video feeds.

There have even been points when in a particular trial they went a half-day without realizing the recording device had malfunctioned.

 

The Importance of Having a Court Reporter

Recognizing the importance of having a court reporter for serious cases, some have looked into bringing in freelance reporters, and hired one for the Isaiah Rios trial, the one murder case that took place during the brief period when Boulder resumed trials in fall 2020.

In fact, the 20th Judicial District has now issued court orders helping regulate the use of freelance court reporters.

Freelancers can charge their own rates, which means using one is expensive. In the Rios case, the freelancer charged $600 a day, and the DA’s Office ended up paying $15,000 for the full trial.

Dougherty noted Boulder County currently has 40 serious cases that would warrant hiring a freelance court reporter set to go once court resumes.

As for the reporters themselves, Ritter said most court reporters were already doing freelance work.

“I took some weeks to kind of process everything, but I have been very blessed and have been able to work,” Ritter said. “As court reporters, most of us have two careers, one as official for the state of Colorado, the other as a freelancer doing depositions.”

Added Ritter, “You form friendships, and it’s a lot of very professional people that you highly respect and you enjoy working with.

“We’re very appreciative for the time that we had in Boulder, it was a great district to work in,” Ritter said. “Sadly, COVID has wreaked havoc on millions of peoples lives. Luckily for us, I think it worked out, and we’re in a good place.”

If you need court reporting services (with a little more experience than Lumsden) that handle digital recoding then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

 

What is Stenography

Posted on: February 8th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

The “art” of stenography is about recording what is being said as quickly and as accurately as possible.

Stenography is mostly used in a courtroom or legal setting, ensuring that everything is being transcribed for the record. This is important because important decisions are being made on what is said during trials, depositions, and arbitrations.

“Steno” uses a complicated machine (a stenotype) to record all this information, and people who are specially trained to use these machines are called stenographers.

But keep in mind that stenographers are not just restricted to the inside of a courtroom. Stenography is also used for live captioning you see on TV. Like the type, you’ll find on the 6 o’clock news or press conferences.

It’s also used for deaf and hard-of-hearing students in places of learning to help follow what’s being said in a lecture, classroom, or video conference.

 

Why Would I Need a Stenographer

Many companies are now looking to stenographers (like those at CourtScribes) for live captioning services.

Live captioning is a way to level the playing field for everyone, while at the same time ensure your company is meeting its obligation when it comes to the law.

If you need court reporting services (with a little more experience than Lumsden) that handle digital recoding then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Canadian Stenography Student Becomes TikTok Star

Posted on: February 1st, 2021 by joshw No Comments

Stenography is getting a popularity boost thanks to a series of how-to videos posted by a female Edmonton, Alberta, Canada student. Isabelle Lumsden, who is taking a stenography course at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, featured her stenotype “steno” machine in a video that she posted on the social media app TikTok in September, 2020.

The people were hooked. Soon enough there were 3.3 million views on the video, close to half a million likes, and the 23-year-old was fielding a flood of questions.

 

“People were most fascinated by the keys and actually just how they work,” said Lumsden. “Lots of people were commenting, saying it was like witchcraft and very thrown off by it.”

 

Stenotype machines are used by court reporters who capture testimony verbatim during trials, hearings or depositions. The shorthand tapped into the stenotype looks like an alien language before being translated into proper sentences using a connected computer. Unlike the standard QWERTY keyboard, the stenotype machine has only 22 keys.

Shortage of court reporters

Stenography is often described as one of the original careers for women, dating back to the 1880s. But the profession seems to have lost its luster. The North American shortage of court reporters is why many feel this way. According to a 2019 article in the Wall Street Journal, the school dropout rate for court reporters is around 80 to 85 percent.

When her mom suggested she consider court reporting as a career, Lumsden was intrigued.

After the success of her first video, Lumsden dedicated her TikTok channel to stenography and court reporting. She’s gained about 80,000 followers and has been featured on BuzzFeed.

Because TikTok videos are only a minute long, Lumsden has released several that explain exactly how the machine works and how the keys form words.

With so many transcription tools available online, some people have asked if she is concerned about seeing her job taken over by artificial intelligence.

On average, court reporters can type between 180 to 225 words per minute.

Lumsden was told to practice a minimum of two hours a day. So far she can capture up to 80 words per minute but is working her way to 100.

With the shortage of stenographers in Canada and the United States, combined with the surprising popularity of her TikTok videos, Lumsden is confident about her future employment prospects.

If you need court reporting services (with a little more experience than Lumsden) that handle digital recoding then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Arkansas Tells Why You Should Consider Becoming a Court Reporter

Posted on: January 25th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

CourtScribes has explained many times in these blogs that court reporters have a silent, but largely significant role in our justice system. But as we have also explained, there is such a huge shortage of them across the nation. This is especially true in the Arkansas/Louisiana/Mississippi area.

From divorce courts to murder trials to hearings on the House and Senate floors, court reporters are always in the courtroom even though you may never know who they are or what they are doing.

Their accurate record of what’s going on is helpful for lawyers, jurors, other court personnel and is especially helpful for those at risk of being incriminated while facing a lawsuit or on trial.

 

Why the Shortage?

Why is there such a shortage of these professionals?

“They are unaware that you don’t have to use a college degree to become a court reporter. A lot of people don’t even understand what a court reporter does,” Director of Arkansas Court Reporting Academy, Heather Pierce said.

“This career is essential no matter what sickness is out there,” Pierce said. “I hope everyone checks into it. It’s a wonderful career for anybody needing something.”

 

In addition, there are more people retiring and not enough people to fill these vacant positions. That’s why this organization is hoping to spread some awareness about this profession.

ARCA is having more trouble finding interested individuals in the northeast and southern parts of Arkansas.

In years past, court reporters were trained to use a notepad and pen to transcribe words being said in the courtroom as it was happening in real-time. The key to a reporters’ speed was becoming skilled using a form of shorthand.

Nowadays, reporters are trained to use a steno mask which is a hand-held microphone that they use to put over their nose and mouth.

According to ARCA, reporters could start off making between $65,000 to $68,000 per year.

“That’s good especially to not have gone to college for 4 years. That’s almost unheard of anymore,” Pierce said.

To learn more information you can visit Arkansas Court Reporting Academy website. The course is offered to anyone across the nation.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recoding then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Get to Know CourtScribes: The Best in Court Reporting

Posted on: January 18th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

The team at CourtScribes is a team of highly professional court reporters that are leading the industry in top of the line technology for a fraction of the price in South Florida. Having an experienced court reporter is quite essential to every court case. And this includes federal, state and local jurisdictions.

Digital recording is now the exclusive method for all Supreme Court cases. With professional legal videography, ease of access databases, and transcripts that are made with effective and precise support services, CourtScribes provides a service that paralegals and attorneys alike can rely on. Whether it’s a trial, deposition, arbitration, mediation, or a hearing, visit CourtScribes.com or call 1-833-SCRIBES today to inquire about their services.

 

The Best Services Offered

 

Audio Recording

CourtScribes audio recording equipment is designed to record every voice clearly and precisely. Each sound channel is dedicated to another person. Without having interfering channels, each voice will be captured in its own time allowing for playback at any time. Regardless of outside noise, accents or low speaking voices, there should be zero issues with our court reporters’ abilities to capture every moment.

Videography

CourtScribes provides live and on-demand video streaming for your proceedings. These videos are also kept in our database for needed use. We use video-to-text synchronization for easy research into a past video. Using our time-recorded transcripts, you’ll be able to lookup statements from a perfect text record that matches up with both video and audio in perfection. Our top of the line technology will ensure that your case will be recorded with precision and accuracy.

 

Audio Transcripts

Each sample of audio will be replayed, documented and time-stamped for future review if needed. There won’t be any issues if a previous statement needs to be retraced or disputed. These transcripts are available through our 24/7 online database.

 

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recoding then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Despite Tech Court Reporters Say They’re Here to Stay

Posted on: January 11th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

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In the age of smartphones, it’s a common occurrence. Instead of typing out a text, you use Siri or Alexa and dictate your message. Sometimes your digital assistant gets it right, but sometimes (many times), she gets it wrong. This can create issues that are frustrating.

This misunderstood voice-to-text message might not be a big deal for day-to-day affairs. But in court, these words matter, and even one mistake in messaging can make or break a case.

It’s this reason that court reporters strongly dispute the notion that voice-to-text technology or other artificial intelligence could replace them in a courtroom. Even in the age of a pandemic that forced court proceedings into the digital world, reporters insist that a human element is needed to create an accurate record.

That being said, digital recording is growing, and it’s more than likely here to stay. But, according to some, there’s a middle ground to be found: embracing technology to increase efficiency while also relying on humans for nuance.

 

COVID-19 Changes

Once the pandemic came, it forced the entire legal industry, reporters included, into a virtual environment. That transition created new responsibilities for reporters.

Reporters have always had “officiating duties,” such as administering oaths to witnesses in court and depositions. But the move to virtual proceedings has created more nuance in that role. Attorneys took to Zoom quickly because of the convenience the platform provides.

 

The Human Element

There are two main reporting methods: traditional stenographic reporting and digital reporting. These methods play the same role but with different tools. The traditional method translates proceedings from stenography into English for a transcript, while the latter translates digital audio directly into a transcript.

Digital recording is useful from an efficiency perspective, though lawyers need to hire a stenographic reporter if they want the level of efficiency provided by real-time reporting. But there is a “misunderstanding” in the industry as to the role digital technology can play in producing a transcript.

Also is the issue of differing dialects. A non-native English speaker testifying in a medical malpractice case might pronounce the word “skeletal” as skee-lee-tal, and voice-to-text technology would capture the word in that manner. A reporter, however, would know that the witness meant “skeletal” and would transcribe accordingly.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Can Court Reporting Be A Rewarding Career

Posted on: January 4th, 2021 by joshw No Comments

So You Want to be a Court Reporter

CourtScribes wants to know, “Are you considering court reporting as a career?” Did you know there are several perks to becoming a court reporter, making it a profession worth pursuing? If you are interested in becoming a court reporter, there are several rewards that you can look forward to.

Great Earning Potential

The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that a court reporter’s average annual salary in 2019 was $60k+. The bureau also saw 9% growth for the profession faster than all occupations from 2019 to 2029.

A court reporter’s salary depends on their location, services offered, and their certifications. A court reporter who offers real-time translation services can earn more than one who does not. Many court reporters prefer to work part-time or freelance. However, others chose to work even harder and earn more than $200,000 per year.

Interesting Work

As a court reporter, there’s never a dull day at work. The profession exposes you to a wide range of subject matter. You’ll be working and learning a lot at the same time.

You also get to work in various courtrooms and locations. Some interesting experiences even include coming into a courtroom with celebrities. While listening to depositions and courtroom litigations, you get to listen to people from various professions. Some are even highly educated and much respected in their fields as they stand as witnesses or parties in a case.

A court reporter with decades of experience under their belt will likely tell you how they still take home something new every day. The amount of information they get to listen to and learn from daily is vast. You can look forward to the same if you decide to pursue court reporting, too.

 

In Conclusion

Is being a court reporter rewarding? Yes, it is. Court reporters have skills that are valued worldwide, especially in the legal world. You also get benefits in terms of income, longevity, reduced burnout rate, flexibility, a sense of purpose, and pride in mastery. There are indeed many rewards to being a court reporter.

 

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

2021 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week Announced for February

Posted on: December 28th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

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CourtScribes is proud to announce that The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), which is the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, captioners, and legal videographers, has designated February 6th-13th as the 2021 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week.

The weeklong event themed ‘All you need is love and steno.’ brings court reporters, captioners, court reporting firms, schools, and others in the legal industry together in showing the many aspects that make court reporting and captioning a viable profession.

Aspects include a quicker entrance into the workforce since no four-year degree is required, well-paying salaries, job and hours flexibility, and an increasing demand for more reporters and captioners to meet the growing number of employment opportunities available in the field.

The 2021 event marks the ninth year NCRA has hosted the celebration.

 

“Court Reporting & Captioning Week is our time to shine the light on what we do, why we do it, and what makes us, human court reporters and captioners, so vital,” said NCRA President Christine Phipps, RPR.

“Whether we are preserving records of proceedings, gathering the stories of our war veterans, or ensuring that the spoken word is made available through captions to members of the deaf or hard of hearing community, the skills we employ as professionals are dynamic and unique and cannot ever be replaced by artificial intelligence or electronic recordings,” Phipps added.

 

Court reporting and captioning professions offer serious career choices and plenty of employment opportunities nationwide and abroad. Court reporters and captioners rely on the latest in technology to use stenographic machines to capture the spoken word and translate it into written text in real-time. This work can take place both in and out of the courtroom. These tasks include recording legal cases & depositions, providing live captioning of events, and assisting members of the deaf and hard-of-hearing communities with gaining access to information, entertainment, educational opportunities, and more.

The NCRA made available a robust catalog of resources ranging from press release templates to media messages to help spread the word about the benefits of a career in court reporting or captioning. Additional marketing materials are available on NCRA’s DiscoverSteno.org site. There is also information available at the site about NCRA’s A to Z® Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand, a free, six-week program that offers attendees the opportunity to learn to write the alphabet on a steno machine to discover if a career in court reporting or captioning is suited for them.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Texas Website Connects Legal Professionals with Court Reporters

Posted on: December 21st, 2020 by joshw No Comments

Recently, the Texas Court Reporters Association (TCRA) announced the launch of MyTexasCSR.com. It is a new website that is dedicated to connecting legal professionals with court reporters. CourtScribes thinks this is quite an interesting concept. This might be an idea that takes off all around the country.

The site was developed after much debate on solving an ongoing challenge in the legal community. According to an independent industry outlook report, the retirement rate of court reporters has now surpassed the rate of new Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) certifications. This has resulted in a national court reporter shortage with Texas owning the second-biggest shortage in the country. There are currently over 2,200 CSRs in Texas.

Mellony Ariail, the President of TCRA, said, “TCRA developed a multi-pronged and comprehensive plan to address the shortage of court reporters, including the creation of MyTexasCSR.com. Our mission was to develop a tool that ensured that 100% of Texas court reporter jobs were filled.”

MyTexasCSR.com is a first of its kind website that Ariail describes as an “Uber for Court Reporters.” Attorneys, judges and their administrators and assistants can use MyTexasCSR.com to notify Texas court reporters of their need for a CSR for court proceedings, hearings, depositions, conferences, meetings or other events that require verbatim reporting and transcribing.

Attorneys have expressed frustration with the difficulty in hiring a court reporter when needed and may feel the need to resort to using non-human alternatives. Some companies are promoting digital recording and voice recognition as a way to fill the gap but the National Court Reporters Association describes those methods as “a loss in accuracy, timeliness and value.”

All court reporters in Texas are invited to register for free on the website to receive immediate alerts for jobs that need to be filled. After an attorney registers on the site and posts a request for a reporter to cover a job, the poster will get an email notification each time a reporter replies to the request. The email notification includes a link to the applicant’s profile as well as their email address and phone number for direct communication.

MyTexasCSR.com was launched in September 2020 and has already connected dozens of Texas CSRs with attorneys, judges and court administrators in need of court reporters.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

24/7 Online Access to Your Private Online Repository Via CourtScribes

Posted on: December 14th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

CourtScribes is your go-to website and service for all of your court reporter, remote court access, and online database needs. One of the best features that they offer is 24/7 access to a private online repository that will hold all of your transcripts, exhibits, and videos regardless of where you might be located. By using either your computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can access all files on-demand. If you need the help of some of the most skilled court reporters in the business, then contact CourtScribes today!

 

What Type of Services does a Court Reporting Agency Provide?

 

CourtScribes takes pride in providing the most high-value skills many court reporting agencies don’t even possess. Here are some services that CourtScribes provides:

CourtScribes covers trials, arbitrations, depositions, mediations and hearings.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

More Courts Reverting to Remote Criminal Trials as COVID-19 Surges

Posted on: December 7th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

CourtScribes has taken notice that the Minnesota Judicial Council has imposed a new 60-day pause on almost all in-person criminal jury trials, effective until February 1st, 2021. And they are not the only state.

There will be an exception process, state Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie Gildea said, but nearly all trials will revert to virtual proceedings. Unless doing so is “impossible or there is an emergency.”

The order will go into effect on November 30th, giving courthouse staff time to adjust. The Judicial Council approved it unanimously on November 19th.

 

Why are the Courts Taking This Step

This was precipitated by skyrocketing COVID-19 infections, which prompted Governor Tim Walz to reinstate tough restrictions on private gatherings, sports and entertainment venues and restaurant and bar services.

In a second vote, the Judicial Council also unanimously approved an order emphasizing remote courthouse counter services until February 1st, though in-person, over-the-counter services will remain available by appointment.

The new rules will create difficulties for the courts.

The decision coincided with the Minnesota Department of Health reporting a one-day total of 7,877 new COVID-19 infections and a one-day record 72 deaths. Unidentified court employees in Scott and LeSueur counties reportedly are among the 249,906 Minnesotans who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The order effectively re-imposes the court shutdown imposed in the opening weeks of the pandemic. Courts, however, gradually began holding more in-person jury trials. But they were allowed to do so only if they adhered to strict mask-wearing, social-distance and disinfecting guidelines.

In September, even the civil trial moratorium was lifted. Thursday’s order re-imposes it.

Thursday’s decision overrides recommendations from the council’s Other Side Work Group, which had suggested that courts begin ramping down out-of-custody, in-person hearings but continue to hold in-person jury trials involving speedy-trial requests, without exception requirements.

7th Judicial District Chief Judge Jay Carlson offered a motion to pass Gildea’s emergency order. Other than for trials already in progress, he said, no criminal jury trials will commence until February 1st, 2020, unless the Judicial District’s chief judge, in consultation with Chief Justice Gildea, grants an exception.

The order allows other kinds of in-person hearings to be held only if there is an emergency necessitating one, or if holding a remote hearing is not possible.

While demands for speedy trials might trigger an exception to the rule, that will be true only for demands made prior to Nov. 20—the date of the order’s issuance. To wait until the order’s Nov. 30 effective date, council members worried, might invite a crush of speedy-trial demands between now and the end of the month.

Judge John Hoffman offered an amendment related to grand juries. He suggested that prosecutors also be allowed to apply for exceptions so they can continue bringing major criminal charges.

The order puts no new limits on contested omnibus hearings or other proceedings that can be held remotely, council members said.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

The New Normal: Tips for Remote Depositions

Posted on: November 30th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

For many of us, including us here at CourtScribes, connecting by Zoom, Teams, or WebEx is rather routine. Many use this for work-related meetings, online schooling, or remote social hours. These video-conferencing platforms have provided a way to maintain daily connections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even during the pandemic, litigation has continued amidst social distancing requirements and court closures, and with that comes the remote depositions. Many, if not all, depositions during COVID-19 are being handled remotely. While this does pose additional considerations as to procedure, remote depositions are not to be feared. Below are the three tips for witnesses, counsel, and other participants to assist in preparing for a remote deposition.

 

1. Plan, Prepare and Plan Some More

Take advantage of the short commute to your home office by using that extra time to prepare for the logistics of a remote deposition. Make sure you have a stable internet connection and a working microphone. The court reporter transcribing the deposition will thank you. Also, make sure family members and pets are out of the way to minimalize any distracting background noises.

Also, double-check the background that will be visible behind you. Many depositions are video-recorded as well as transcribed, and these videos ultimately may be played to a jury. Photos, clocks, and artwork behind the witness may detract from the testimony. Consider using a professional-looking virtual background if necessary.

 

2. Use an Experienced Court Reporter

While this might be your first remote deposition, make sure it is not the first for your court reporter. The court reporter (or videographer, like CourtScribes) should serve as the host and should be well-versed in the mechanics of serving as the appointed officer from a remote location.

Experienced court reporting services should come prepared with a stipulation to swear in the witness remotely. They should also be ready to handle exhibits electronically, which will save the witness from having to ship hard copies to the court reporter later. Sophisticated video-conferencing platforms allow a witness to take control over an exhibit on the screen and to scroll through pages or add markups as instructed by counsel.

Like any video conferencing call, you will receive a link prior to the deposition. Test it out a day or so before to make sure you have the necessary software installed and to confirm the platform is compatible with your computer, camera, and microphone. Similarly, make sure you have a game plan for exhibits, whether that be uploading them in advance or sharing them yourself during the deposition. Likewise, make sure you conduct a trial run of that technology.

 

3. Be a Good Witness (Or Prepare Your Client to Do the Same)

Have the host set up a private break room so the witness and counsel can confer during breaks. The witness should set up her screen so she can see the questioning attorney, the court reporter, and her counsel. Remotely, it is easy for the witness to fall into conversation mode and forget to include the witness’s counsel in the equation. If needed, counsel could hold up a finger when he or she intends to object to remind the witness to wait.

Witnesses also should be aware that the questioning attorney often will ask if the witness has any materials with them during the deposition. If so, these materials likely will have to be provided to the other side.

Overall, being more comfortable and familiar with the process than your opposition will be to your advantage and will allow you to focus on substance rather than the logistics. Remote depositions are likely to be around for a while. Embrace them!

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Covid-19 Ushers in Changes for Court Reporting

Posted on: November 23rd, 2020 by joshw No Comments

Anyone who has been involved in a lawsuit knows the time and expense involved in taking depositions of witnesses. CourtScribes.com knows that typically you go to a lawyer’s office, the parties and witnesses in the case are asked, under oath, to tell what they know or have seen and their testimony is transcribed by a certified shorthand reporter. It is put in booklet form for later use in court.

Some depositions are videotaped, which adds considerable expenses to the process.

 

Why is This Important

Depositions are an important fact-finding element of litigation. But they can be a real hassle. Having to drive long distances, fighting traffic, and running up attorney fees even before the depositions begin is part of the problem. And then there are the certified shorthand reporter’s charges which typically run from $1,000 – $2,000 per deposition.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier way of attending a deposition? It would be even nicer if there was a way for a lawyer to file a lawsuit, and take deposition with the understanding that if the case were lost, nothing would be owed to the agency that provided the shorthand reporter, that person being paid by the agency itself.

 

Thank Covid-19

One of the benefits that have come out of Covid-driven lockdowns is a new way of taking a deposition where the parties, witnesses, and lawyers don’t have to go anywhere. Now a deposition can be taken right from your home. If it is not taken from the home, at the very least it can be taken at the attorney’s office. This is not only convenient, but it can guarantee that the proper actions are taken during a sketchy pandemic situation.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Who is CourtScribes and What Do They Do

Posted on: November 16th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

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CourtScribes is a team of highly professional court reporters that are leading the industry in top of the line technology for a fraction of the price. An experienced court reporter is essential to every case. This includes federal, state and local jurisdictions.

Digital recording is now the exclusive method for all Supreme Court cases. With professional legal videography, ease of access databases, and transcripts that are made with effective and precise support services, CourtScribes provides a service that paralegals and attorneys alike can rely on. Whether it’s a trial, deposition, arbitration, mediation, or a hearing, visit CourtScribes.com or call 1-833-SCRIBES today to inquire about their services.

 

Top of the Line Services

 

Videography

CourtScribes provides live and on-demand video streaming for your proceedings. These videos are also kept in our database for needed use. We use video-to-text synchronization for easy research into a past video. Using our time-recorded transcripts, you’ll be able to lookup statements from a perfect text record that matches up with both video and audio in perfection. Our top of the line technology will ensure that your case will be recorded with precision and accuracy.

 

Audio Recording

CourtScribes audio recording equipment is designed to record every voice clearly and precisely. Each sound channel is dedicated to another person. Without having interfering channels, each voice will be captured in its own time allowing for playback at any time. Regardless of outside noise, accents or low speaking voices, there should be zero issues with our court reporters’ abilities to capture every moment.

Audio Transcripts

Each sample of audio will be replayed, documented and time-stamped for future review if needed. There won’t be any issues if a previous statement needs to be retraced or disputed. These transcripts are available through our 24/7 online database.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recoding then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

State College of Florida Offers Free Digital Court Reporter Program

Posted on: November 9th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

As we at CourtScribes have covered many times on this website, the legal industry is currently experiencing a severe shortage of court reporters given the overall increase in demand for services and the pandemic’s shift to digital platforms.

This shortage presents an opportunity for those seeking a rewarding career as a digital court reporter, with average starting wages of $25 per hour.

Here in Florida, The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is partnering with State College of Florida (SCF) to provide a virtual information session about a tuition-free digital court reporter training program. The information session is part of WRC’s monthly Career Connections program to link women to quality jobs and funded training programs.

 

When is This Being Offered

The free informational webinar will be offered on November 18th from noon to 1 p.m. Participants can attend by phone or computer and will be able to ask questions. Guest speakers include representatives from SCF, the online training company Ed2Go.

Graduates of the self-paced class will be ready to pass the Certified Electronic Reporter exam and can work from home or in-person providing deposition and litigation support. The webinar participants will learn about the online class, how to apply for the fully funded scholarship through CareerSource Suncoast and hear directly from an employer regarding job opportunities in this high-demand profession.

These days, digital court reporters play an essential role in the legal system by capturing and maintaining a verbatim record of court proceedings via digital audio equipment. As litigation continues to rise nationwide, and the technology used to capture testimony evolves, there is a need for digital court reporters who can work in the freelance market for a court reporting agency or as a full-time government employee at a courthouse.

WRC also offers free individual career coaching. Those interested can register at www.mywrc.org/CourtReporter or call 941-256-9721 for more information.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recording then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Oregon Has a Stenography Meets Social Justice Issue

Posted on: November 2nd, 2020 by joshw No Comments

Many people have asked, and not just in Oregon, “Why in 2020, in this electronic age, do courts still have a roving stenographer?”  

Ryan White, an official court reporter at the Portland Federal Courthouse, has an answer: Because transcripts produced without a live reporter can come out sounding like this representative sample from an actual Oregon court transcript: I object (unintelligible), sir. I dont think (unintelligible). I understand that the news — the news media (unintelligible). 

How Did This Happen

In the 1990s, Oregon state courts and magistrate hearings (but not federal courts), began using digital recordings instead of live reporters in order to save money.

What happens at a trial matters beyond the courtroom. Trial verdicts set precedents; they are appealed. Neither one of these is possible unless there is an accurate record of the trial. That record cannot have gaps, and it should not, experts say, be skewed by a transcribers accuracy in reproducing the spoken words. 

 

“In my experience,” White says, “the people who are pushing the ’Record’ button … are often the judge’s staff or clerks. This is just another duty on a long list of duties. It may look like it’s recording, but then afterward nothing is there. Or they thought they saved it … but somehow files are often missing when you go to look them up.” 

 

Bonita Shumway, another official court reporter at Portlands Federal Courthouse, says  all it takes is someone shuffling papers or pouring water, and the incidental noise will completely block out whatever is being saidand that, of course, can be the sentencing itself.”  

And then theres the transcription, which has lots of potential pitfalls. It’s not clear how Oregon handles transcription of the recordings. But Shumway’s impression is that transcripts are auctioned to the lowest bidder and may be sent overseas. If the transcriber is underpaid and ill-trained, even a clear recording may result in an unclear transcript. 

What are the Effects

This affects everything from petty crime cases to high profile ones. Everything, White said, except for crimes on Native American reservations, crimes that cross state lines or that affect interstate commerce, and crimes against the federal government. 

One solution is to require live court reporters across the board, in all courts in Oregon. This is what neighbors California and Washington already do. And it seems to have really worked for them.

Another solution is to invest heavily in regulating the digital recording and transcription of circuit and magistrate court cases. Both options are possible, though, and both have the potential to succeed. 

One way to avoid problems is by having a microphone allocated for each person speaking, by instructing clerks to monitor background noise, and by paying someone to monitor the recording feed in real-time so that any problem with the recording is discovered while it can still be remedied.

If you need court reporting services that handle digital recoding then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

The Benefits of Remote Court Appearances

Posted on: October 26th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

As court systems and courtrooms deal with coronavirus, we have learned that a lot of social distancing measures that are being taken are actually more convenient than how things were done pre-covid. One of these situations are with court appearances. Remote court appearances have become a blessing for attorneys and judges to become even more efficient than ever before. Overcrowding in courtrooms are now a thing of the past. It’s as simple as having a scheduled video call from CourtScribes between the attorneys and any other participants. Then, the judge dials into the call and conducts the trial right then and there.

The Benefits for Attorneys to Conduct Court Business Remotely

A major issue for attorneys is the ability to schedule cases and conduct multiple trials in different places. To do this efficiently is actually quite a chore. Travel times can cause an extreme amount of difficulty. This is especially true in situations like rush hour traffic and during severe weather.

However, newfound social distancing requirements are not only allowing for safety from the coronavirus but allowing for even better flexibility with time. This remote business should have a positive effect, as it should drive down fees and prices. This will help save the attorneys’ AND client’s money.

Are Judges Benefiting from Remote Court Appearances?

With remote appearances, attorneys and their clients will save plenty in terms of litigation fees through said remote court appearances, but what about the judges? Judges mainly reside in one area for most of their work. That is sitting in the middle of the courtroom overseeing the trial. A remote case allows a judge to just dial into video session after video session.

There is no longer any outer noise that will distract any of the participants in the case. All videos, recordings, depositions and other information is backed up and saved to an online database for judges to find. Finally, CourtScribes takes care of all the support inquiries, transitions between cases and even create private rooms quickly for a judge to talk to an attorney.

If you need these types of remote court services from the best court reporting service, CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world, and we are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Court Stenographer in NY Admits Stealing $187,000 By Adding Zeros to Invoices

Posted on: October 19th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

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We here at CourtScribes.com pride ourselves on being a company that is honest, has integrity, and will do an accurate and professional job for all of our clients. Unfortunately, not everybody works this way. Here is an example from New York state where an Oswego County court stenographer this week admitted to stealing more than $187,000 over the years by adding zeros to invoices she used to bill her clients.

Laura Hayes, 47, pleaded guilty to felony second-degree grand larceny in Oswego County Court, New York state officials stated in a news release.

The New York State Inspector General’s Office said that Hayes, who owns and operates Quality Court Reporting, schemed over multiple years to overbill four workers’ compensation insurance carriers for her stenography services. The New York Inspector General opened an investigation after receiving multiple complaints about her billing practices.

Investigators found Hayes regularly charged 10x the appropriate value of her services by adding a zero to the end of an invoice, the IG said. Over the years, she took an additional $187,700.

Hayes’ overbilling may have negatively affected workers’ compensation premiums for those companies, the IG’s office said.

She is scheduled for sentencing before Judge Donald Todd in Oswego County Court.

If you need court reporting services from a company that would never overcharge or defraud a client then CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Tik Tok Account Shows Court Reporting is Cool and Hard

Posted on: October 12th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

Social media can always expose new audiences to things they have never been privy to in their own lives. It’s part of what makes social media fun. Well, thanks to social media platform TikTok, it has shown that the “hardest job in the courtroom” is actually the stenographer, or, the court reporter. (As if readers of CourtScribes.com didn’t know this)

Meet, 22-year-old Isabelle Lumsden. She is a court reporting student in Canada. Recently, she shared some behind-the-scenes looks on TikTok about how she uses a stenotype machine to transcribe everything that’s being said.

Apparently to many, it is a common misconception is that stenographers use a regular keyboard like we all use at home and work. In reality, “stenos” use a specialized, chorded keyboard that types in shorthand.

According to Lumsden’s most viral TikTok, she hooks her stenotype up to her laptop, which translates all the shorthand she’s typing into actual words. To form words, you have to push specific keys at the same time. This is why stenographers can type an average of 225 words per minute.

“I think it’s really cool how you’ve made so many of us genuinely curious about stenography,” a TikTok user commented on one of Lumsden’s explainer videos.

It is pretty cool that court reporting can get some positive light on social media. Especially for a younger audience, as the career field certainly needs new faces.

If you need court reporting services from the best court reporting service, CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world, and we are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Will Remote Court Appearances Become the Norm

Posted on: October 5th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

As COVID-19 sticks around and we prepare for the ‘second wave’ this winter, we are discovering that a lot of the social distancing measures that are being taken are actually more convenient than their original counterparts when it comes to legal situations like litigation and more. One of these legal situations is court appearances.

In this ‘COVID World’, the use of remote court appearances has become a blessing for attorneys and judges. It has allowed them to become even more efficient than ever before. Overcrowding in courtrooms is a thing of the past. Attorneys are becoming much more flexible with their time and even more efficient at their job. It can be as simple as having a scheduled video call between the attorneys. Then, a judge could simply dial into the video and conduct the trial right then and there.

What are the Benefits of Conducting Legal Business Remotely

One of the top issues for attorneys is the ability to schedule cases and conduct multiple trials from different places. Travel times lead to incredible difficulties. This is especially true in situations like peak traffic times and during severe weather. However, these new social distancing rules are not only allowing for safety from COVID-19, but they are allowing for better flexibility with time! All costs of litigation should decrease and this should not only save the attorney’s costs but the clients’ money as well.

Can Judges Benefit from Remote Court Appearances

It seems quite apparent that attorneys and their clients will save plenty of money in litigation fees through ‘Remote Court Appearances’, but what about judges? As you know, Judges typically reside in one area to conduct most of their work. Well, now remote appearances can allow a judge to just dial into a video session.

There is no longer any outer noise that will distract any of the participants in the case. There is no worry about contracting COVID-19. There is no fear of violent outbursts. All videos, recordings, depositions, and other information will be backed up and saved into an online database for judges to retrieve. If this is something that you can benefit from, CourtScribes.com takes care of all the support inquiries, transitions between cases, and even create private rooms quickly for a judge to talk to an attorney. Contact CourtScribes now to see what they can do for you.

Illinois is Looking to Hire 400+ Court Reporters Over the Next Few Years

Posted on: September 28th, 2020 by joshw No Comments

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Obviously, judges and attorneys are at the forefront in any courtroom. Court reporters are not usually in the same spotlight in the courtroom as a judge or attorney would be. But you would be surprised how truly important court reporters are. We have shown examples of this fact many times on this site.

Jill Layton, an official court reporter for the Cumberland County, Illinois Courthouse. said a court reporter’s job is one of the most important there is.

“It’s very important to have what people say in the courtroom. You want it, word for word what everybody said every utterance and you want to keep that forever,” said Layton. 

As we have stated many times here on CourtScribes.com, there’s a shortage of court reporters. In fact, Jill Layton is the only court reporter at the Cumberland County Courthouse.

And that is why classes are now in session.

The First Steps class at the Edgar County Courthouse gave people a taste of the short-hand writing style used in courtrooms. The class was taught how to spell out words and phrases in a single-hand motion.

“When you see people on tv and they’re just touching that’s not court reporting, you’ve got your machine and you’re pounding away on that,” said Layton.

 

Layton said for those who are interested, there’s an entire world of opportunity waiting for you.

“You will not find a court reporter that does not say I absolutely love what I do and so we’re just bringing people into the fold,” said Layton.

As we have mentioned many times, this is a career desperately in need. From Florida to Illinois, court reporters are in full demand, so if you have a calling now is the time.

If you need court reporting services from the best court reporting service, CourtScribes.com which supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world, and we are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

Why is CourtScribes Even More Important During the Pandemic

Posted on: September 21st, 2020 by joshw No Comments

 

Covid-19 has changed everything when it comes to the courtroom. Trials, jury selections, and yes, depositions are all being handled in a completely different manner now. Technology and the ability to record without being directly present is now also the norm. This is why you need CourtScribes. CourtScribes is a team of professionals dedicated to giving the highest quality service to judges, attorneys, and all other court participants through their excellent court reporters and high-quality technology.

With a wide array of digital-based technology, high-quality video, and a plethora of professional-level recording systems, we capture every moment of the case and store it in a cloud-based databank. Also, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the extra steps are taken to provide all remote court needs. From scheduling to recording to video hosting, CourtScribes is here for all of your court reporter and remote court needs.

 

So What Does CourtScribes Offer?

 

CourtScribes prides itself on state-of-the-art technology that allows for crystal-clear court recordings. When you’re trusting your case to CourtScribes you can expect the following:

 

What Are You Looking for in a Court Reporting Agency?

Posted on: September 15th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

Having a court reporting agency that is both reliable and trustworthy is very important. However, what exactly are the skills you are looking for in an agency that puts them above the rest. Court Scribes is a court reporting agency that prides itself on excelling in every aspect of court reporting. With the addition of technology and remote aspects being added to the court room, just simple stenography no longer cuts it in this newly progressing industry. In order to stand above the rest, you need professional legal videography, an online repository and the ability to use remote technology for the courtroom.

 

Why the Need for Tech?

 

The need for a stenographer will never disappear. Their ability to translate the chaos of a courtroom into separate lines of information to be later read is required. However, that doesn’t mean technology can’t help. With the addition of video and audio technology, a court reporter’s job has now become that much more efficient.

Professional legal videography allows the entire process to be recorded. State-of-the-art audio technology also allows the use of multiple channels to separate all the different voices that are speaking at the same time within the court room.

Finally, with all of the social distancing guidelines in play, it is important that your court reporting service is able to maintain all types of remote court needs. Leading edge technology is integral in competing in the court reporting service.

Court Scribes takes pride in being able to provide a myriad of court reporting services to our clients. This includes all of the professional legal videography, live-streaming, interpreters, video-to-text synchronization, national coverage, 24/7 client service and repository, unmatched quality and unparalleled savings. If you know someone or are a court participant that is in need of a court reporting service, then contact Court Scribes today!

How to Have Successful Remote Deposition?

Posted on: September 7th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

Depositions are a key factor in a court case. In order for attorneys and other law participants to obtain valid information regarding the case, they must go through the process of a deposition. This is the act of going to a witness or someone with regards to the case at hand and receiving their personal information and the facts they have pertaining to the case. It is important to be prepared for these types of interactions. Here are some tips to get you on the right track to having a successful remote deposition.

Court Scribes is proud to provide all remote technology for court practices including remote depositions, remote court appearances for judges and attorneys and a 24/7 database to all information pertaining to the court cases that we have covered.

 

Remote Depositions Rely on Working Equipment

 

This isn’t a standard deposition where you meet in person with an attorney and give all your information then and there. You are working over an online connection and speaking through a video streaming application. All of these interactions are going to be relying on your equipment, that is allowing you to stream, to continue working properly. Ensuring that nothing will go wrong with your computer and the internet is stable is essential.

 

Be Comfortable and Follow Standard Protocol for a Deposition

 

You’ve done it. Other than ensuring that your internet and equipment are functioning properly, you only have to answer all the questions the attorney provides you. Remember, you can be comfortable in your own space, but be respectful and follow all other standards for a deposition you would normally attend.

Court Scribes is your one stop for all things remote and court reporting related. We allow access to a 24/7 database for all of you court case information. Also, remote depositions and remote court appearances are available to our clients! Contact Court Scribes today for help with your remote deposition!

Who are you Using for your Remote Court Appearances and your Remote Depositions?

Posted on: August 31st, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

The public health crisis known as the COVID-19 pandemic has made the court system take measures that have never been required before. Social distancing measures have been put into play and have made a lot of things that normally require in-person matters impossible. Remote systems have now been put into play that allow us to maintain this social distancing while also keeping up with the day-to-day court needs. However, for someone to conduct these remote court solutions, they need a company that supplies them with such. CourtScribes is proud to provide all matters of court reporting, along with videography and any remote court needs you require.

 

What are Remote Court Appearances?

 

Remote court appearances are required by many states to conduct court procedures. What this means, is that you will be speaking to your judge and attorney on an online platform such as Zoom. This will allow all the proceedings to take place for the court date. In order for this to work, the client, attorney and judge all require a system to deliver their online streaming service. CourtScribes provides remote court appearances to judges, attorneys and all other court participants. You need a system that is reliable and our team possess state-of-the-art videography technology.

 

What are Remote Depositions?

 

If you want your court proceeding to go successfully, you’re likely going to need depositions from any and all witnesses or peoples related to the case. A deposition is any information gathered from another person prior to the court date that will aid your in your case. However, with the coronavirus in play, these depositions are much more difficult to retrieve. Remote depositions are the exact same situation, but on an online streaming service just like the remote court appearances.

If you need a provider of remote court services, then contact Court Scribes today!

 

 

CourtScribes Provides 24/7 Online Access to your Private Online Repository

Posted on: August 24th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

CourtSribes if your go-to access for all of your court reporter, remote court access and online database needs. One of the biggest features is the 24/7 access to a private online repository that will hold all of your transcripts, exhibits and videos regardless of where you are. By using either a computer, tablet or smart phone, you can access all of your files on-demand. If you need the help of some of the most skilled court reporters in the business, then contact CourtScribes today!

 

What Type of Services does a Court Reporting Agency Provide?

 

CourtScribes takes pride in providing some of the most high-value skills many court reporting agencies don’t even possess. Here are some of the services that CourtScribes provides:

CourtScribes Covers Trials, Arbitrations, Depositions, Mediations and Hearings.

 

CourtScribes is a team of professionals dedicated to giving the highest quality service to judges, attorneys and all other court participants through their excellent court reporters and high-quality technology. With a plethora of professional-level recording systems, digitally based technology and high-quality video, they capture every moment of a case and store it in their cloud-based databank. Also, with the COVID-19 pandemic reaching all over the nation, they have taken the extra step to provide all remote court needs. From scheduling, to recording and even video hosting, CourtScribes is here for all of your court reporter and remote court needs.

Attorney and Judge Remote Court Appearance Services

Posted on: August 17th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

In the midst of our national crisis, we have attempted to keep the court system in the most constant state of affairs possible. In order to keep the ball rolling in the courtroom, remote court appearances began. These different types of court appearances have allowed attorneys and judges to maintain their job and continue servicing the country in a court of law. Everyone’s health is of the upmost importance right now. Remote court has allowed social distancing to continue, while also keeping an efficient amount of cases circulating.

 

Limit the Public’s Exposure

 

This is the goal of remote court appearances. It is to limit the attorneys, judges, other law participants and the public from making any type of person-to-person contact. You may think that this has put a significant slow to the court system. However, with leaders in remote court appearance technology such as Court Scribes, the court systems have been trying to keep up on as many cases as possible. It is imperative that we all remain in safe areas while conducting the business required to keep things going during the temporary shutdown. CourtScribes offers remote court appearances to judges, remote court appearances to attorneys and remote court appearances to any other law participant needing the service.

 

CourtScribes is a Leader in Remote Court Technology

 

Court Scribes takes pride in possessing the leading technology for areas of court reporting and remote court appearances. With the highest quality audio recording technology, videography equipment that is reliable and well maintained and an online repository of all transcripts, exhibits and videos, you’ll be using our company’s resources with confidence.

The Court Scribes Remote Court Appearance service integrates 24/7 operator assisted support and remote technology to facilitate efficient and easy-to-use telephonic appearances at no cost to the Court. Our service provides flexibility and great cost savings for attorneys while helping courts with overcrowding issues and general efficiency.

For all appearances, including judge and attorney remote court appearances, contact Court Scribes today!

What does it Take to be a Court Reporter?

Posted on: August 3rd, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

Court reporting is a career that takes a lot of training to be able to efficiently capture recordings and information during a court proceeding. Regardless how advanced technology will become in the future, a third person outside party without bias recording an entire proceeding will always be sought after. However, what exactly does it take to become a Court Reporter? What are the qualifications, skills required and duties of a Court Reporter and how does one succeed as a student of court reporting in a scholastic and employment situation? We’ll break down these questions below.

 

Qualifications of a Court Reporter

 

To record the proceedings within a court of law, one must go through diligent training. Most people are going to require some type of educational background such as a degree in Court Reporting. If not a degree, then a certificate is required in most states. This scholastic training will cover large amounts of English grammar, legal terminology and the procedures that happen within a court environment. The most important skills for a court reporter to have are the abilities to be accurate and detailed. All transcripts must remain extremely precise to the cause. Being able to follow dialogues and understand most accents also helps in trials.

 

Working with Court Reporting Technology

 

Modern court reporting technology has launched the industry in a much more reliable manner. With videography and audio recording technologies, court proceedings are being recorded with much better precision. Videography allows the proceedings to be recorded for future viewings. Also, with multiple channel audio recording technology, that will break apart the audio channels of different voices so that nothing will interfere. When you’re looking for a court reporting company that has state-of-the-art technology for all areas of court proceedings, then contact CourtScribes. CourtScribes uses their leading-edge technology with their old-fashioned responsibility to bring their clients the best of both worlds.

What is the Transcription Process of a Court Reporter?

Posted on: July 28th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

One of the most important aspects of our modern way of law is the court transcript. A court transcript is a word-for-word written document that displays the actions and statements said by every party within the court room. This all-important document must be made with perfection in order for an involved judge, attorney or any other legal participant to look back on the trial for information whenever they choose to do so. A court transcript is crafted by a court reporter, who sits in and records everything they hear.

 

Knowledge and Training Required to be a Court Reporter

 

Each different state has many different requirements and credentials in order to become a court reporter. Some states require college degrees. Whereas, other states need a certification and applicants need to possess and extensive knowledge of listening skills, writing skills, reading comprehension, concentration and attention to detail. Judges and attorneys require a perfect transcript to look back on cases. In other words, there is no room for error when recording the proceedings for a trial. The standard for typing speed for a court reporter would be about 225 words per minute.

Court reporters must learn a special type of shorthand. It is an abbreviated language form that is designed for rapid transcription, to take notes on a steno machine in order to catch each word that is spoken. Once the notes are entered into the machine, they are translated by computer software into English.

 

CourtScribes Supports Court Reporters from Around the Nation

 

CourtScribes.com supports all states and programs that aid in the court reporting world, and we too are ready to serve you in your court reporting, videography services, interpreters, live-streaming, and video-to-text synchronization.

Although the majority of cities that offer CourtScribes’ services are in Florida, the company home base, other cities all across these United States that CourtScribes offers services in, are the following: Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Port St. Lucie, Fort Lauderdale, Cape Coral, Coral Springs, Clearwater, Palm Bay, Fort Myers, Weston, Sarasota, Orlando, St. Petersburg, Hialeah, Stuart, Hollywood, Naples, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Key West, Coral Gables, Maryland, Manhattan, Buffalo, Washington DC, Baltimore, Bowie, Virginia, Frederick, Albany, New York, Brooklyn,  Westchester, Gaithersberg, and Rockville.

What Types of Questions Should you Expect from a Remote Deposition?

Posted on: July 20th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

 

Preparing for a remote deposition could seem like a daunting task at first, but with the right knowledge you can expect a smooth procedure. A deposition is a form of pretrial investigation to receive an oral statement of a witness under oath. Many cases have to involve individuals that weren’t directly involved, but can provide vital information that will help the speed of the trial. In some cases, information from a deposition may even lead to a case being settled before the trial ever begins.

 

Remote Deposition Questions

 

During a remote deposition it is important that you are honest with everything you say. You are under oath, meaning that the weight of your words will remain the same as in the courtroom in front of a judge and/or jury. Many questions that follow into a full deposition may be very different based on the case. However, here are some of the more standard remote deposition questions you can expect.

 

The main reason for all of these questions is to establish where your mindset is at prior to delving into the detailed questions. Also, background questions establish the legitimacy of your claims if you answer them without hesitation.

How Videography Has Rocketed Court Reporting into the Future

Posted on: July 14th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

 

Court Reporting is now an age-old industry that has brought an infinite amount of value into the courtroom. However, just as many other industries have developed technologies for betterment, court reporters have called upon legal videographers to aid them in the modern era. Videographers possess plenty of valuable skills that help a court reporter take the next step in completing their jobs. Videography has added an element of audio-freedom for the court reporter. Being able to sit in, or tune in, to a video streaming courtroom allows them to focus in on all the sounds, comments and statements made by all legal participants within the trial.

 

What Actually Changes for the Court Reporter?

 

You may ask yourself, “Doesn’t the legal videographer make the court reporter unnecessary?” The answer is no. Regardless how far into the future we may proceed, a third-party person must be there to record all statements made throughout the trial. It must be an unbiased and professional person to examine, transcribe and formulate correct and precise recordings. However, the addition of videography to the industry, has allowed for a whole new experience within the court reporting industry. Recorded video and audio allow for not only a video sit-in for transcription, but also material for them to cross-examine and document. These transcripts are now able to be timestamped with perfection on not only text, but audio recording and video recording.

 

It is Essential to Have a Team of Experienced Legal Videographers and Court Reporters

 

In order to succeed within this modern era of technology, you will require a team of professionals that can handle all of the aspects of recording within a courtroom. CourtScribes is proud to offer attorneys, judges and other legal participants all of the features of a modern courtroom. Our team is compiled of not only court reporters, but leading-edge technology that will ensure every step of the way is taken care of. Professional videography, video-to-text synchronization, live streaming and online databases are just a small sample of what CourtScribes has to offer.

CourtScribes Will Take Care of All of Your Court Reporter and Remote Court Needs

Posted on: July 6th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

CourtScribes is a team of professionals dedicated to giving the highest quality service to judges, attorneys and all other court participants through their excellent court reporters and high-quality technology. With a plethora of professional-level recording systems, digitally based technology and high-quality video, they capture every moment of a case and store it in their cloud-based databank. Also, with the COVID-19 pandemic reaching all over the nation, they have taken the extra step to provide all remote court needs. From scheduling, to recording and even video hosting, CourtScribes is here for all of your court reporter and remote court needs.

 

What Features Does CourtScribes Have?

 

CourtScribes prides itself on the state-of-the-art technology that allows for picture perfect court recordings. When you’re trusting your cases to CourtScribes you’re receiving all of the following:

Top 5 Tips for a Successful Remote Deposition

Posted on: June 29th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

Due to the COVID – 19 outbreaks, we are in a state of emergency that calls for as much social distancing as possible. Through the practice of social distancing, it was agreed upon that conducting trials while making use of remote court appearances and remote depositions is the best form. However, many people are not used to these video conferences and may be scouring the internet for tips on how to handle these remote situations. Well you’re in luck, here are the top 5 tips for having a successful remote deposition.

5. Make Sure Equipment is in Order

 

A stable internet connection is essential to having a successful remote deposition. Make sure all of your computer systems are stable so you won’t have any issues with disconnections. All of your audio devices must be working and make sure that your microphone is transferring audio correctly.

4. Know Your Web Conference Applications

 

Do a practice run of the software that you will be using during the Remote Deposition prior to having the real one. This will make it so you’re comfortable with using it and can access all the system commands without issue.

3. Try Not to Interrupt Audio from Another Source

 

Remote Depositions are recorded for future use and it is important that all of the audio is transmitted correctly. Don’t try to speak over others to ensure that everything is recorded.

2. Use a Space you Are Comfortable Being Within

 

You don’t want any unexpected visitors popping in to interrupt your remote deposition. Make sure that the area you choose to conduct is free from any chance of disruption. Also, take advantage of the fact you may allocate yourself to a space where you feel most comfortable.

1. Follow all Normal Conducts and Courses for a Standard Deposition

 

Although you are now comfortable in your home, with your familiar equipment, its important that you remain in a professional state of mind. Keep all your standard protocol procedures for conducting a normal deposition. Court Scribes is proud to provide everything required for a remote deposition so contact us today!

What are the Benefits of Remote Court Appearances?

Posted on: June 23rd, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

As we progress through the coronavirus, we are discovering a lot of these social distancing measures that are being taken are more convenient than their original counterparts. One of these situations is court appearances. The use of remote court appearances has become a blessing for attorneys and judges to become even more efficient than ever before. Overcrowding is a thing of the past; attorneys are becoming much more flexible with their time and even more efficient at their job. Its as simple as having a scheduled video call between the attorneys and other participants. Then, the judge would simply dial in to the call and conduct the trial then and there.

What are the Benefits for Attorneys to Conduct their Business Remotely?

 

One of the biggest issues for attorneys is the ability to schedule cases and conduct multiple trials in different places. Travel time causes an extreme amount of difficulty. Especially in situations such as traffic hour and severe weather. However, these newfound social distancing movements are not only allowing for safety from the coronavirus, but even better flexibility with time! All costs of litigation will be decreasing and this will save not only the attorneys’ money, but the clients’ money as well.

Are Judges Benefiting from Remote Court Appearances?

 

It is definitely apparent that attorneys and their clients will be saving plenty of litigation fees through Remote Court Appearances, but what about judges? Judges mainly reside in one area for most of their work. These remote cases allow a judge to just dial into a video session. There is no longer any outer noise that will distract any of the participants in the case. All videos, recordings, depositions and other information will be backed up and be saved into an online database for these judges to find. Finally, CourtScribes takes care of all the support inquiries, transitions between cases and even create private rooms quickly for a judge to talk to an attorney.

COVID-19 Increasing Demand for Remote Court Appearances All Over the Country

Posted on: June 15th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

As the country is beginning to reopen in the attempt of returning to life and living with the virus, there are still many constraints on distancing and self-safety. In order to preserve life as much as possible, most environments that are still able to function in a remote setting are requiring to do so. All over the United States there are courts requiring that all cases be transmitted through the modern courtroom, Remote Court Appearances. Courtrooms are some of the most compact and difficult places to properly follow all social distancing guidelines. Court Scribes is proud to represent attorneys, judges and other participants in all Remote Court Appearances for the safety of all!

 

Technology Bringing the Courtroom to you

 

IT professionals are capable of bringing a courtroom to wherever you may be. Although we still do recommend wearing proper formal attire for appearing in a court, you can conduct these cases from the comfort of your own home. Not only that, but companies such as Court Scribes, will allow you to have an online portal for all videos, audio files, depositions and full text court reporting for the proceedings. Attorneys are able to conduct all matters civil, criminal and any type of litigation from their own office. Using your phone, computer or whatever your desired device for Remote Court Appearances.

 

Benefits of Remote Court Appearances

 

These practices are going to increase the capability of our court officials in all aspects of life. Long-term results may even find that remote court appearances bring about quicker and more reliable results. Complete video copies of all court proceedings are easily made with recording technology. No travel is required of any participant. Also, this completely eliminates all forms of violating social distancing. The largest two issues with currently attending an in-person court proceeding would be the waiting room and the court room itself. With Court Scribes’ availability to give all attorneys, judges and other law participants a platform for remote court appearances, it will be difficult for people to return to the older mundane way of conducting trials.

Remote Court Appearances for Judges and Lawyers

Posted on: June 8th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

In an attempt to limit public exposure to COVID-19, many courts, judges, lawyers and justice partners from around the country have been doing remote court appearances. Many cases have been seeing cancellations around the country due to lack of technology or means of making contact will all personnel. However, with leaders in remote court appearance technology such as Court Scribes, the court systems have been trying to keep up on as many cases as possible. It is imperative that we all remain in safe areas while conducting the business required to keep things going during the temporary shutdown.

 

National Health Crisis Calls for Remote Court

 

A national health crisis puts a lot of pressure on people all throughout the country. Those who are awaiting trial are now not only worried about the results, but have to worry about contracting a virus from their peers. Everyone’s health must be of the upmost importance during this all and we at Court Scribes are here to help you do that in any way possible.

The Court Scribes Remote Court Appearance service integrates 24/7 operator assisted support and remote technology to facilitate efficient and easy-to-use telephonic appearances at no cost to the Court. Our service provides flexibility and great cost savings for attorneys while helping courts with overcrowding issues and general efficiency.

 

Court Scribes is a Leader in Remote Court Appearance Technology

 

In order for these remote court appearances to continue and remain successful, the technology of the platforms for such appearances must be tried and true. Court Scribes takes pride in possessing the leading technology for areas of court reporting and remote court appearances. With the highest quality audio recording technology, videography equipment that is reliable and well maintained and an online repository of all transcripts, exhibits and videos, you’ll be using our company’s resources with confidence. For all appearances, including judge and attorney remote court appearances, contact Court Scribes today!

Do You Need Help with a Remote Court Appearance?

Posted on: June 2nd, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

You’re in luck! CourtScribes is here to help you during this health crisis. We know that regardless of the conditions of the United States, the court system will continue to do everything in its power to keep on their schedule of appearances. However, its difficult for people to feel safe when presenting themselves in court during this pandemic. CourtScribes is proud to offer Remote Court Appearances for Lawyers and Remote Court Appearances for Judges! If you or a loved one need help with a remote court appearance, we’d be more than happy to help you as well. CourtScribes has been serving the country for years and even during the coronavirus lockdown.

 

Lawyer and Judges can Appear Remotely in Court as Well!

 

It is imperative to know that everyone’s health should take precedence over everything during our national health crisis. Social distancing and remaining home are the easiest ways to avoid infection. Thankfully, you have someone to turn to for your remote court appearances!

The CourtScribes Remote Court Appearance service integrates 24/7 operator assisted support and remote technology to facilitate efficient and easy-to-use telephonic appearances at no cost to the Court. Our service provides flexibility and great cost savings for attorneys while helping courts with overcrowding issues and general efficiency.

 

Reliable Remote Court Appearance

 

It is extremely important to have a reliable remote court appearance company. If their technology fails at any time, it could lead to mistakes, wasted time and loss of resources. CourtScribes is proud to inform that we have leading-edge technology and people who have plenty of experience using them. With the highest quality audio recording technology, videography equipment that is reliable and well maintained and an online repository of all transcripts, exhibits and videos, you’ll be using our company’s resources with confidence. For all appearances, including judge and attorney remote court appearances, contact CourtScribes today!

Court Reporter Shortage: High Demand!

Posted on: May 25th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

Legal and court reporting industries are on the verge of a serious court reporter shortage. As we start this new decade, we are looking at the lowest rates of court reporters ever recorded. The median age of all court reporters is right around 51 years old. This number is an omen for some very serious trouble for the industry in the future. With generations of court reporters nearing retirement, this industry is one of the most profitable careers paths available right now.

 

Why is there a Shortage of Court Reporters?

 

With the progression of technology, many people assumed that court reporting would eventually be a technological takeover. The court reporter would be replaced by the machine they used. However, it is quite the opposite. Legal industries will always be a prevalent pathway for a career. All legal activity has seen a large increase as the years progress. Due to this factor, the demand for these court reporters is becoming greater and greater. However, due to the lower rate of school enrollment and education, the knowledge of this position has begun to fade from the awareness of legal students. Also, with the average age of the average court reporter ranging around 51, many of these officials will be retiring within the next decade. This is going to leave a huge gap in the industry’s employment efficiency.

 

Benefits of Becoming a Court Reporter

 

If people even slightly considered the benefits of becoming a court reporter, then they would notice that this position is a goldmine for the freelance and entrepreneurial era we are in. First of all, court reporters bring in a good amount of income. However, with the demand on the rise for more, the earning potential of a court reporter has never been higher. Secondly, the education requirements for becoming a court reporter aren’t as difficult as you’d think. Many people believe an education in law will require many studious years. On the contrary, a court reporter is usually in a scholastic environment for only two years or until they receive their certificate. Lastly, there are so many different industries that require precision court reporting. This opens up so many viable ways of contorting your court reporting career to your freelancing niche. This job has never been as valuable or had as much potential as now!

NCRA’s Celebrate Certification Month

Posted on: May 18th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

The Members of the National Court Reporter’s Association are once again coming to participate in the annual Celebrate Certification Month. This May will be the third year of celebrating not only Court Reporter certifications, but certifications of all kind. Throughout the month, members of the NCRA are being encouraged to share with clients and other workforce about their success with being a certified court reporter. Also, they are trying to connect with clients about how important receiving a national certification is, and how important it is to choose people who possess such qualities.

 

Importance of Having a National Certification

 

National certifications are a key element to showing dedication to your profession. A national certified court reporter has a big commitment to their profession and does their best to keep all of their skills polished. Those with professional certifications provide the highest quality service available in the career. Also, numerous court reporters that truly do possess their professional certifications show to have a higher pay then others. Court Reporters are currently in short supply. All over the country, these positions need to be filled. What better time to strive for a certification in professional court reporting than now?

 

Court Reporter Platform

 

Court reporters all over the country are striving for greatness in their profession. There are tons of specialized court reporting certifications. Many of these professions only require designated training and certifications. This is contrary to other professions that require well over 4 years of learning in a scholastic environment. Being a court reporter is in increasing demand. These jobs include venues all over the world, flexible schedules and great salaries! May, 2020 is another year of celebrating certifications of all kinds throughout the country. If you haven’t taken the time to achieve a professional certification for your job, then now is the time! It is never too late to be recognized as one that strives and perseveres in their profession!

What can CourtScribes do for you?

Posted on: May 11th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

CourtScribes is a team of highly professional court reporters that are leading the industry in top of the line technology at a fraction of the price. An experienced court reporter is essential to every case including federal, state and local jurisdictions. Digital recording is now the exclusive method for all Supreme Court cases as well! With professional legal videography, ease of access databases and transcripts that are made with effective and precise support services, this is a service that paralegals and attorneys alike can rely on. Whether it’s a trial, deposition, arbitration, mediation or a hearing, call CourtScribes at 1-833-SCRIBES today!

 

Top of the Line Services

 

Audio Recording

CourtScribes audio recording equipment is designed to record every voice clearly and precisely. Each sound channel is dedicated to another person. Without having interfering channels, each voice will be captured in its own time allowing for playback at any time. Regardless of outside noise, accents or low speaking voices, there should be zero issues with our court reporters’ abilities to capture every moment.

Audio Transcripts

Each sample of audio will be replayed, documented and time-stamped for future review if needed. There won’t be any issues if a previous statement needs to be retraced or disputed. These transcripts are available through our 24/7 online database.

Videography

CourtScribes provides live and on-demand video streaming for your proceedings. These videos are also kept in our database for needed use. We use video-to-text synchronization for easy research into a past video. Using our time-recorded transcripts, you’ll be able to lookup statements from a perfect text record that matches up with both video and audio in perfection. Our top of the line technology will ensure that your case will be recorded with precision and accuracy.

 

CourtScribes is here for all your trials, depositions, arbitrations, mediations and hearings. If you need an experienced team of Court Reporters with top of the line technology, call 1-833-SCRIBES today!

Remote Court Appearances & Remote Depositions

Posted on: May 7th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

CourtScribes knows it’s difficult in these times to find resources willing to aid you in any lawful manner. However, we are offering the best remote depositions and remote court appearances available! COVID-19 is bringing some difficult times upon the United States. That doesn’t stop the court system. In these situations, you still need depositions for your case.  CourtScribes is among the nations leaders when it comes to remote depositions. Also, they have the best video technology so you don’t have to worry about a court appearance.

We at CourtScribes value costumer service. We take care of your case with precise and perfect video records. Don’t worry about any manner of your proceeding to be missed; Regardless the complexity. In this time of social distancing, some of these cases can be extremely chaotic. You can rest assure that with our top of the line, industry leading technology, your case will be handled with perfection. It is very important to have people ready and willing to handle remote depositions in situations where professional law firms are trying to get ahead of you. In order to efficiently balance all of your testimonials and manage your time precisely, you’ll need experts like the CourtScribes.

Whether you need video streaming, quality transcripts, or even just a simple witness deposition, CourtScribes handles every manner of your proceeding with care. Finding a company that will take care of your Remote Depositions and Remote Court Appearances may be difficult during the coronavirus pandemic. The CourtScribes Remote Court Appearance service integrates 24/7 operator assisted support and remote technology to facilitate efficient and easy-to-use telephonic appearances at no cost to the Court. Our service provides flexibility and great cost savings for attorneys while helping courts with overcrowding issues and general efficiency. If you need a Remote Court Deposition or Remote Court Appearance handled, call 1-833-SCRIBES today!

Florida Court System Steadily Working Through Pandemic

Posted on: April 27th, 2020 by Santino No Comments

 

Everything is quite complicated when solving the issues of our current court system through this pandemic. However, with diligence and patience, the Florida Court System has been steadily working through. There is quite a long list of cases that has built up due to COVID-19. That is why Florida court systems, such as the Palm Beach County court system has done great work to minimize the amount of hearings, appearances and people within the jails quite well over this period of turmoil.

 

Workgroups Created and Coordinated

 

In order for all of this to have played out strategically, the courts developed a system between remote and on-site workers. Judges, judicial assistants, court staff and partners and many more have been using proper methods of social distancing. Also, thanks to the offset use of teleworking and rotating teams of on-site workers, the virus has been spreading at very minimal amounts. This reduction of person to person contact has allowed these determined workers to continue their job and aid in this very difficult time. These workgroups are consulting public health experts with the ability of handling pandemics and managing exactly what people should do. With the help of these officials, they are able to propose actions and hearings. They are then able to report these actions through state court administrators as soon as they are developed.

 

Milestones During a Pandemic

 

Within Palm Beach County, the court system has been diligently working in order to lessen the huge load of work that will return once the pandemic crisis is averted. With the help of teleworking and rotating on-site people, hearing and appearances have been physically and virtually happening. Thankfully, the jail populations have been decreasing, orders are being made, paperwork is being handled and judges are able to reside over many hearings. As long as these court workers are able to work in good health, the court systems shouldn’t be overwhelmed upon the opening of the country.