Denver court reporters are bringing new technology to litigation support.
Denver court reportersare changing the types of services they provide to meet the needs of attorneys who are facing new challenges in the 21st century. Years ago, these teams of professionals primarily served to document legal proceedings, but now they are providing a number of other services that allow them to partner with the law firm.
One of the most important things that attorneys have is time, and there seems to be far too little of it to work on cases. Colorado court reporterscan help law firms use their time more efficiently by introducing the firm to new tools that can save time and money.
Video conferencing has been an important time saving tool for attorneys, and it can save the time associated with traveling to and from depositions and other important events. Now, an attorney can simply utilize the skill and know-how of the court reporting company to set up conferencing links that allow lawyers to work remotely. Many law firms are also taking advantage of realtime reporting that helps the lawyer get access to rough transcripts as they happen. Testimony is delivered straight from the reporter’s stenography machine to the attorney’s laptop, meaning information flows more quickly than ever before.
This type of new technology that adds immediacy to the work of the law firm can be complex to set up, but it can eliminate many of the logistical challenges facing today’s attorneys. Those who are working on cases that may cross several districts or even states can often be handled with an ease that rivals a case that takes place in the firm’s own backyard. This is allowing law firms to expand their reach and serve more clients with the excellence that law firms provide.
Realtime is an important element of today’s legal work.
In today’s legal world, having information when lawyers need it is important to success. This means taking advantage of the latest tools to offer the immediacy that gives law firms the most timely and up-to-date information.
Realtime reporting is how lawyers are getting transcripts as they happen, and the technology is available from court reporting companies working with the National Network of Reporting Companies (NNRC).
Realtime reporting means that the shorthand taken by a court reporter on a stenography machine is translated into English and appears immediately on a computer monitor or a large projection screen.
Realtime is similar to translation work, in that it appears on the screen in a rough draft. It appears within seconds of the words being spoken by someone in a courtroom. If an attorney’s computer is set up to the reporter’s computer, the attorney will receive the translation as well. This modern technology allows transcripts of trials to be delivered within hours after a case closes. It also makes it easier to refer to prior testimony during a trial.
Taking advantage of this technology is much easier than ever before through NNRC. We can connect attorneys to thousands of court reporting firms who can provide the professional assistance and technological knowhow to make utilizing realtime a success. These firms can help set up connections that allow an attorney to view transcripts as they happen anywhere in the country.
Houston legal professionals are using remote deposition technology
From Sunbelt Reporting, Houston,TX
Holding remote depositions is a viable option when a witness is located in a distant location. However, there are pros and cons to holding remote depositions. By understanding the challenges, you can take measures to overcome them.
Remote Depositions: The Pros
Teleconferencing and videoconferencing make it relatively easy for attorneys, Houston court reporters, witnesses, expert witnesses, and other parties to communicate despite geographic differences. Once a remote deposition is organized, you can expect to experience some of the following advantages:
Reduced travel expenses – Flying to another city to conduct an in-person deposition (or flying an expert witness into your city) is expensive in terms of airfare, hotel, and local transportation costs. By holding a remote deposition, these costs disappear.
Time advantages – In addition, when you hold a remote deposition, you’ll realize significant time savings. For example, if you had to fly out of town for a deposition, not only would you incur travel expenses, your productivity would suffer. You may be out of the office for three full days for a one-day deposition simply because of travel requirements.
Convenience – Depending on how your remote deposition is set up, you may be able to participate in the proceeding simply by clicking a few buttons on your computer or walking across the corridor to your firm’s teleconferencing room.
Electronic records – Many teleconferencing facilities provide you with electronic files of the teleconference or videoconference which you can review at your leisure after the deposition is complete. If you use a full-service litigation support firm as your teleconferencing provider, you may even receive a synchronized video transcript that incorporates the realtime feed from the realtime court reporter.
Remote Depositions: The Cons
Unfortunately, remote depositions don’t happen by themselves; there is some coordination required to ensure that the deposition goes as smoothly as possible. Be aware of the following challenges:
Technology needs – At their most basic, remote depositions need a reliable telephone line, preferably a speakerphone system capable of teleconferencing. A court reporter must be present with the witness and able to clearly hear all parties. If you’d prefer to see one another, videoconferencing or Skype is a must. This adds to the complexity of the technology needed. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy to find videoconferencing suites across the nation for yourself and your witnesses.
Technical difficulties – Disconnected phone lines, microphones that don’t work, and other technical difficulties are a possibility. To avoid these challenges, use a professional teleconferencing facility. Most teleconferencing facilities will do a check ahead of time to be sure that the connection will be a clear one. You should instruct all parties to arrive in plenty of time to test connections again just to be sure and perform sound checks.
Litigation support needs – As mentioned above, a court reporter is a must for any remote deposition. Consider upgrading to a realtime court reporter to take advantage of realtime transcripts delivered to your computer as the testimony occurs. A legal videographer is also essential for remote depositions. While it may seem daunting to line up court reporters and videographers in a different city, your local litigation support firm will likely be happy to coordinate these services for you.
When you consider the cost, time, and convenience advantages and weigh them against the few technical challenges, you’ll see that holding remote depositions makes sense. After all, your litigation support firm can handle all of the challenges with ease while also providing you with a realtime court reporter and legal videographer.