Recording a realtime deposition can be a valuable tool for attorneys and requires the expertise of a court reporter with realtime service certifications. For attorneys requesting realtime services from a court reporter, it is important to understand what to expect and how to best prepare. Knowing what is involved in the process can help ensure the realtime deposition goes smoothly for the attorney, court reporter, and other entities involved.
Preparing for a Realtime Deposition
To record and transmit in realtime for a deposition, the right equipment and tools must be available. Attorneys will need to have a laptop that has the correct drivers, software, and ports to receive the realtime transcript. If it is the first time an attorney is using their laptop for a realtime deposition, it will need the correct drivers and software uploaded before beginning. Or, ask the court reporting service to provide a “plug and play” computer the attorney can use. Computers used for realtime depositions should have:
- Realtime software
- A serial port
- The correct drivers
- Access to internet
If software and drivers need to be loaded onto a computer first, attorneys should relay this to the court reporter and plan to meet at least a half an hour before the deposition. It is also important to ensure the room where the realtime deposition will occur has Wi-Fi or internet connections available.
Before the deposition begins, it is helpful to ensure everyone understands the importance of clear and concise communication for a realtime transcript. Instruct the witness(es) and others to avoid interruptions or speaking over one another to allow for an accurate transcript.
What to Expect During the Realtime Deposition
Court reporters that are certified to perform realtime depositions are trained for accuracy. The transcript that appears will be precise, but it is common for small discrepancies to appear in realtime. Attorneys should not be concerned if they see steno or grammar issues. The transcript will be edited for grammar or typos for the final transcript. Once the deposition is over, the court reporter can provide the final transcript, which is edited and can be imported into the realtime software to replace the rough draft.
While some small discrepancies can occur, if something happens during the deposition that is inaccurate, feel free to get clarification from the witness for the court reporter. The court reporter may have misheard the witness. While these errors most likely would be corrected in the final transcript, it is best to ensure complete accuracy.
Realtime depositions can be valuable and require a court reporter who specializes in this service. Understanding the nuances of this procedure can help attorneys streamline the process and get the most from their realtime deposition.
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