Of course, good lawyering – and the having the law on your side – is always a key to winning your cases. There are ways we, as your court reporters, can help, too. We'd like you to know that we're better able to help you if you do these things to help us during depositions.
A great deposition can actually give you what you need to settle your case in the best possible way for your client. Even if the case ultimately goes to trial, a superior deposition just might be the ticket to victory. Here is our advice:
- Provide Context – Give us spellings of proper names, technical terms, attorney names, and a caption before beginning a deposition. This enables us to give you a cleaner transcript with a speedy turnaround time.
- Changing Circumstances – We know that things change quickly. If you can give us as much advance notice as possible detailing the circumstances of your deposition, such as realtime, expedited, requires a rough, or any number of things, we can do more to make sure that your deposition goes as quickly, smoothly, and efficiently as possible.
- Breaks are Good – A few breaks every hour or two allows us to rest our fingers and stretch our backs and legs. They also increase our endurance throughout a long day. Long days with few or no breaks may negatively affect the integrity and quality of your transcripts.
- Speedy Speech – Take a brief pause between your questions and the deponent's answers. This two- to four-second break helps us catch up and keeps us from asking for repeats or otherwise interrupting the process and slowing down your deposition. It also enables us to provide you a better quality transcript.
- One at a Time, Please – We know that depositions can be tense. Arguments sometimes can't be avoided. This means interruptions or two voices trying to talk over each other. While we provide great service to all our clients, not even we can accurately get down two simultaneously-spoken sentences to make sure everything is on the record. The more you try to avoid this happening, the better we can help you.
- Say Again? – Mumblers are often harder to deal with than speedy speakers. Mumbled speech is hard to decipher and only causes us to interrupt and ask for clarification. If you and the deponent speak at a normal volume and don't cover your mouths, the whole process goes much more smoothly.
- Exhibit Marking – A reasonable pause when assigning exhibit markers is always helpful. Not even our best reporters can mark an exhibit and type at the same time as hard as they try.
- No "Blooper Reel" – Video is, in a way, similar to the Miranda warning. Anything you say, or rather, everything you say, is heard and must be transcribed. Think about that and be wary of saying things you may not want as part of the official record.
A little bit of help goes a long way toward getting the best transcriptions. Follow these simple words of advice and help us help you!