Tips for Fostering a Good Court Reporter/Attorney Relationship
Accurate transcripts of court proceedings and depositions are integral to winning legal battles in and outside the courtroom. Attorneys rely on precise, unbiased court reporters to give them the detailed information they need to build their cases. Creating a solid relationship with court reporters they use frequently can benefit attorneys; ensuring they continue to receive the quality service they need for their profession. Here are tips to help attorneys foster a good relationship with the court reporters they use to get the most benefit from their services.
Preparing for Depositions and Court Hearings
If an attorney will need a court reporter for a deposition or court hearing, providing enough notice and information allows the court reporter to prepare for the event. While last minute depositions can occur, whenever possible it is desirable to give advance notice of the date, time, and location where the court reporter will be needed. In addition, providing the following information can help ensure the court reporter is prepared for the deposition or hearing:
- Names of deponents
- Number of depositions or length of time expected for the depositions or hearing
- Is real time transcription needed?
- Turnaround times required for transcripts
- Any specialized content; such as medical, technical, or scientific text
Knowing what to expect can help the court reporter or firm ensure the correct preparation, equipment, and time allowance is used for the service.
Mutual Respect and Clear Communication
Attorneys and court reporters with good working relationships have mutual respect for each other’s time, expertise, and schedules. Clear communication before and during depositions and other encounters can foster beneficial interactions. Attorneys should ensure the court reporter receives the needed breaks for meals, since “working lunches” are not possible while transcribing. It is also respectful to ensure a court reporter is able to extend their session, not assume they can stay longer than initially planned.
All professional relationships are more productive when both sides show respect and communicate their needs. Considerate planning and communication can ensure attorney/court reporter relationships thrive for the benefit of everyone involved.
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