When you are representing a client for their personal injury case, the last thing you need to be worried about is whether or not you have a court reporter ready to go when you take this case to court. If you do not know much about court reporting, you have also come to the right place. We’re happy to show you how court reporters can be an integral part of your personal injury case and help things go as smoothly as possible. For more information on setting up an appointment, please give an agency a call now.
What do court reporters do?
Many people do not realize that one of the most important parts of the legal proceedings that occur during court is having an accurate court reporter. A court reporter who does their job well will produce a record of everything that was said during courtroom proceedings. This is very important because this will become the official legal record of the case.
Are there different types of court reporting?
There are a few different types of court reporting and you should ask us what kind may work best for you. A few examples are:
- Stenographic. This is likely the one you are most familiar with seeing in-person as well as on TV. A court reporter will sit down at a stenograph machine. The content that is produced is a type of shorthand and you can expect the court reporter to type upwards of 200 words a minute using this type of equipment.
- Real-Time Reporting. This is a very advanced method of court reporting and is not necessarily used in every court yet. This method is used so that when a court reporter begins taking down information and creating the court’s record, the record is then produced almost immediately on one or more screens in the courtroom. It is most frequently used when someone present is under the American with Disabilities Act and needs it.
- Digital Court Reporting. Instead of typing, digital court reporting allows the spoken word to become the report by recording courtroom proceedings on a CD. A trained professional will then ensure that the CD is of the highest quality and will create notes that detail who is speaking and when.
What is a transcript?
A transcript is the physical copy of the record of a legal proceeding. It is possible for either a legal team or a judge to request a transcript of the legal proceedings when they need to prepare for trial or conduct research.
If you need a court reporter for your personal injury case and are looking for a team you can rely on, don’t hesitate to contact court reporters to see how they can help you with your case.