Online vs In-Person: Choosing the Right Type of Court Reporter

Having an in-person or online court reporter present for a legal case is essential. However, choosing the best type for each case can be difficult, as there are several different types of reporters available. Of course, there are benefits for each type of reporter, from convenience to reliability and everything in between.

Factors To Consider When Choosing Your Reporter

There are many reasons that one could have when deciding if they need a virtual or in-person court reporter. One example of this is if the entire hearing is being held virtually; this would obviously require a virtual court reporter. However, another example could be if a court hearing is being held in person but at a limited capacity due to COVID restrictions, a virtual reporter could be useful. 

Any number of professionals can benefit from court deposition reporting services. Lawyers, courtrooms, judges, and other officials may all find court reporters’ transcriptions invaluable to their work. Whether the court reporter provides real-time notes or a cleaner transcription afterward, their notes can be an important piece for any case. If you are considering hiring a court reporter, here are some factors to consider:

  • Time & Place of Court Deposition
  • Reliability & Security
  • Thoroughness of the Report
  • Training & Experience of the Reporter

In-Person Court Reporters

Almost everyone has seen a court reporter in a movie or show typing away at their stenograph machine. While it may seem like a redundant role to some, lawyers, judges, and other professionals understand how vital they can be to a case. If a deposition or other event is held in person, a court reporter can attend and take notes in real-time at speeds up to 300 words per minute that lawyers and others can view as the event is happening. Court reporters can also offer transcripts and recordings of the event afterward.

Online Court Reporters

The decision to hold a deposition, trial, hearing, or another courtroom event virtually is never made lightly. There are many difficulties to overcome, such as deciding on a secure and reliable platform to host the event. However, court reporters are still often required by courts, and they can still be useful at virtual depositions. Our virtual court reporters, for example, specialize in remote deposition software that allows them to stream, send clients real-time text, send audio, and send video. This software also allows clients to chat and annotate the notes as they go.

Online Court Reporters With A Customer Focus 

At California Deposition Reporters, we pride ourselves on providing our reporters all of the information available to us prior to the start of a job, providing word lists, and maintaining case files on all depositions in our management of the depositions in larger cases. We work well with other competing firms to facilitate the sharing of information in order to provide the attorneys with a transparent sharing of word lists, which ultimately assists counsel with a consistent product, even assisting the official reporter by providing a word list for the official reporter for the trial. If you are in need of reliable cour deposition reporters, we can help. Give us a call at (209) 478-3377 or send us an email to [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you!