When the stakes are high and quick turnaround is critical, insist on a Certified Realtime Reporter (CCR) to report the testimony. CRRs can provide interactive realtime by sending the testimony to your electronic device or over the cloud for others on your team to view remotely, and they can produce an uncertified rough draft at the conclusion of the deposition.
Not all court reporters are capable of providing these services, so be sure to request a CRR when you make your scheduling arrangements. Less than 8% of court reporters hold the CRR designation. Doris O. Wong Associates, Inc., has several CRRs on its staff.
Recommended Software: CaseView is the industry standard for interactive realtime software, and it’s FREE. There is a CaseViewNet download for Windows and an iCVNet app for your digital devices. The realtime feed is sent over Wi-Fi or the Internet for remote locations. No more cables or driver issues.
What you should understand about realtime using any smart device:
- You should expect a “useable” realtime transcript with limited untranslates. A Certified Realtime Reporter has been tested to write a minimum of 96% accuracy on first pass.
- Easily mark text, make annotations, and read along with the testimony.
- Don’t be alarmed if you see some stenographic outlines or misspellings. The reporter will make corrections when proofreading.
- At the conclusion of the deposition, the reporter will do a quick scan to remove the steno and provide an uncertified rough draft.
- Upon completion of the final edit, a certified transcript will be delivered to replace the rough draft.
Helpful hint: In most instances, this is the first time the reporter will hear the subject matter. Provide keywords, a caption, and as much information as possible for the reporter to review. The more information provided ahead of time, the cleaner your realtime feed will be.
Realtime is a powerful tool for litigators. Put it to work for you!