Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Court Reporting Services Do More Than Transcribe Courtroom Proceedings
Many smaller law firms do not have the resources or the need to have a court reporter on staff. If these firms need court reporting services, they engage a court reporting agency. These organizations hire professional court reporters and then send them to help when their law firm clients request the service. The court reporting firm is responsible for interviewing the court reporters, checking references, and ensuring they possess the correct skills for the position.
Many court reporting services agencies also offer additional services. They are a good choice when a law firm needs several projects or tasks accomplished, but do not have the required skills on staff. Working with a reporting firm provides the law firm a large pool of excellent applicants who meet their requirements.
Law firms will often work with a reporting agency for depositions reporting. The reporting firm will send a qualified court reporter to work with the law firm. If the law firm has special criteria such as video depositions, the reporting agency ensures the court reporter has the appropriate skills. The law firm may also require expertise in a certain area of the law such as medical malpractice or workplace injuries. The reporting firm will choose a court reporter with the right experience and skills to help the law firm with their project.
Court reporting firms can also provide court reporters or specialized staff to help the law firm with other issues. These include document retrieval and review, support during complex litigation, or even staffing support such as paralegals or attorneys.
Document retrieval is sometimes necessary during case preparation, but the attorneys may not have the time to run down all the necessary documents and still prepare for trial. A court reporter can help by working with trial specialists or the client to retrieve the appropriate documents and get them into the case file. These may include accounting or medical records which must be obtained from outside sources. Once the records are acquired, the reporting agency staff can review and organize the documents for the attorney's use.
When a case involves certain complex issues such as scientific expertise or an accelerated trial schedule, a reporting agency can provide staff to help prepare the case for court. These staff can help depose witnesses, organize information, and review documents.
If a law firm finds itself with a case where it needs certain expertise, a reporting firm can provide temporary staff to help out. This helps with costs, yet still provides the attorneys the expert they help need.
Here is a map of court reporters in Seattle: