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Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Court Reporter

Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Court Reporter on

These three questions will ensure that you’re hiring a competent reporter who works for a legitimate, experienced company

When you are going about the process of hiring a court reporter, it is important to understand that you need to vet the individual you select for his or her experience, but also for his or her confidence and their ability to work with your particular case. Not all court reporters are the same, so it is ideal that you find someone who has the appropriate answers to the following questions.

Question #1: Are you a stenographic reporter?

There are several key benefits associated with using a stenographic reporter. First of all, there is no substitute for the human element that a court reporter brings to the courtroom. Having one person who is a part of the process of making a transcript from the beginning to the end gives you the best possible chance of getting a solid record of events.

In addition, stenographic court reporters are trained and knowledgeable about providing accurate records of what was said in the courtroom. Court reporters also ensure that there is no wasted time during the trial or when transcripts are needed afterwards. It is very easy for a stenographic court reporter to provide unofficial transcripts of testimony on paper or through electronic file, and a court reporter can read back any portion of their notes in the courtroom as well.

Question#2: What is your experience in this field?

As mentioned above, not all court reporters are one and the same. This is why you need to know about the experience level that your court reporter has. How many other cases have they worked on? What is their typical process for going through a case? What challenges have they experienced as a court reporter? Their answers to these questions can tell you important details about their experience and their comfort level in working with you.

Question #3: Is your firm insured and does the owner of the company have complete knowledge of the rules and regulations of court reporting?

One challenge in working with a court reporter is that you must be clear that the firm has considered their professional reputation and liability as well. Without liability insurance or other basic steps of running a court reporting business today, you may be taking your chances on the accuracy and the professionalism of the court reporter you work with. Don’t expose yourself to unnecessary risk; ask these questions and confirm insurance before you get started with someone new.

It is always a good idea to get answers to these questions at the outset of working with a case so that you don’t experience any unpleasant surprises after you’ve hired someone. Boss Reporting provides nationwide court reporting services for trials, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, conferences and meetings as well as closed captioning. To learn more about our professionals’ experience and how realtime reporting can benefit you, call us at 954-467-6867 or simply request a quote.

Is Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc services available only in Florida?

Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc is available in all 50 states and is a member of the National Court Reporting Association in addition to the Florida Court Reporting Association.

What services are provided by Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc?

Boss Certified Court Reporters offer a full range of services including but not limited to:

  • court reporting services for trials, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, conferences and meetings
  • Litigation support, such as: Realtime (Livenote), Rough disks and/or transcripts, Overnight transcripts, Daily transcripts, Condensed (mini) transcripts, ASCII and/or AMICUS disks, Word indexing, Audio-transcription, Videography, as well as Interpreters.
  • For additional specifics, refer to the tab marked: SERVICES

How do I request specific services?

Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc offers a quick and easy form online to request services. Someone will be in contact with you to schedule the services requested on the form.

What if I need services immediately and have not had time to schedule a service during normal operating business hours?

Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc offers complete availability for services even in an emergency situation for its clients. Boss maintains a 24-hour voice mail system that immediately notifies us when a situation occurs and you will be called back immediately. The number to reach us after normal business hours is: (954) 467-6867.

How do I order a transcript?

A transcript can be ordered easily by going to the tab marked “Order a transcript” then completing the request form and faxing it to Boss Certified Reporting at (954) 467-1277.

What if I ask Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc to service me in an area that you are not represented in?

Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc has resources in each of the fifty states. We guarantee we will be able to provide services suited to your needs regardless of the location.

What certifications does Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc require of the staff?

Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc is comprised of talented Certified Realtime Reporters and Florida Professional Reporters. The Boss Reporters continue their education and certifications regularly to stay current and up to date with the constantly evolving nuances of the law. A newly hired reporter shadows an experienced and seasoned reporter before performing her duties alone. This ensures Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc is using only the sharpest reporters to service your needs.

Does Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc provide video recording?

Yes, we use reliable and professional videographers, state of the art technology and video formats such as VHS & DVD upon request.

Do you provide locations for services if I don’t have anything available?

Boss Certified Realtime Reporting, Inc has conference rooms available in a wide range of locations. Many conference rooms, in addition to our offices, have internet accessibility for your convenience. Our home offices located on Las Olas Blvd offer an internet Café and a copy center for your needs.

Is it possible to record sessions with a laptop in order to avoid hiring a videographer?

What machines are currently used today for court reporting?

Is it possible to swear in a witness via the phone?

When is payment requested – before or after services are provided?

Is the use of a conference room considered an additional charge? If so, what is the rate?