When you think of a litigation case, attorneys, judges, defendants and plaintiffs are probably the first factors to come to mind, but court reporters play a crucial role in legal cases, too! While most people think of a court reporter as the person who creates the transcript of the courtroom proceedings—and they do—their impact goes far beyond this and they can actually make or break your litigation case. To help you understand the benefit of a certified court reporter, the litigation support experts at Karasch & Associates have identified three ways that they will increase your impact in the courtroom, so you can be sure to make your next litigation case a successful one.
The Power of Their Transcript
Court reporters aren’t just fast typers (although they’re requirement to record a minimum of 225 words per minute is quite impressive), but they are also specially trained in law, courtroom proceedings, legal terminology and medical terminology. Because of this special training, a certified court reporter has the ability to capture an accurate and verbatim record of everything that goes on in court. Another perk of an accurately recorded transcript? If a case is appealed, a well-recorded transcript could be the only piece of evidence that will make or break the case.
The Power of Their Presence
Although court reporters are typically depicted as sitting silently in the courtroom typing away, they actually play a very active role in depositions and in court. Since court reporters have the power to control the accuracy of the record, they have the ability to object when a word is missed, when witnesses use gestures rather than words and when lawyers speak over each other. This ensures that the transcript they record is of the utmost accuracy. Plus, just having a certified court reporter present in a courtroom reminds people that every word that is spoken becomes official evidence, making everyone more conscious of what they say.
Their Power Can Be Accessible to All
When depositions or cases involve a person with an impairment—whether it be visual, auditory or verbal—a court reporter has the power to give them the best opportunity to win their case. In these circumstances, it is crucial to utilize a certified court reporter who is able to create CART and captioning (speech-to-text) transcriptions. When court reporters have this ability, they are able to empower any person who is in a deposition or courtroom.
Ready to increase your impact in the courtroom and have the ability to serve a variety of clients? From certified realtime court reporting to video conferencing that can be accessed anywhere, anytime, Karasch & Associates provides all of the litigation support services you need. Contact us today!