The court reporting industry is one that is always changing and evolving, which is why it’s important to stay up-to-date on all the trends surrounding the profession. To help keep you current, Elite Court Reporting has highlighted some of the must-know court reporting trends for 2018.
We live in an ever-evolving digital world and one of the perks of this is being able to connect and talk to people living all around the world. This much-improved technology has made its way to the legal realm in the way of internet depositions. Thanks to internet-streaming capabilities, legal teams, their clients and their experts are able to watch a deponent’s testimony when it’s happening, without being in the room. Connected through an online server, these individuals are able to view from a remote location a court reporter’s real-time screen as the deposition is happening and send instant messages to members of their team who are present. This technology can be a huge asset when wanting to save time, money and stress less during litigation.
Some law firms are choosing to videotape depositions instead of providing a court reporter. While this might seem like a great alternative, the negatives actually outweigh the positives. For example, when you don’t have a court reporter to report the proceedings, you will not be able to receive an immediate rough draft of the transcript, inaudible parts of the testimony will have to be thrown out, and receiving an expedited transcript is a much slower process. We recommend always having an experienced court reporter by your side to report your depositions.
Shortage of Reporters
The need for court reporters is greater than ever before. Last year it was estimated that the legal industry would be facing a shortage of approximately 5,000 court reporters. As we enter Q4 of 2018, that number continues to grow. This is especially important in Los Angeles and Orange County, which have the largest number of courtrooms nationwide.
The good news is that at Elite Court Reporting, we attract and retain quality reporters – reporters who are tech-savvy, friendly and client-focused. Legal teams can rest easy knowing that we are fully equipped with the best court reporters in Orange County and Los Angeles as well as across the nation.
The future of court reporting looks bright! And when you work with Elite Court Reporting, you’ll receive experienced professionals who are ready to make your job easier and more efficient.
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