Key Questions to Ask When Hiring a Court Reporter
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.