The success of a deposition process depends on the experience of the stenographer or court reporter. Most depositions require the presence of a certified court reporter for the process to go on effectively. In any case, it is their job to capture legal data accurately and precisely as this will determine the direction a case will take. With this in mind, you should help your reporter to create an accurate set of records given that the outcome of the case largely depends on the accuracy of the records.
Even though most reporters are already well-trained and experienced enough, you can still help your reporter to give you the results that you want when booking deposition services. Here are a few important things you can do to benefit your court reporter.
Always communicate early
Communication is vital when dealing with court depositions. You should commit to communicate with the reporter or agency early in the day to avoid a last-minute rush or any disappointments. The agency that you enlist will play a big role in the deposition process, hence it is always a good idea to give them access to the materials they need early.
Update the reporter on any changes
You should keep the reporter updated so that they can be aware of any changes or cancellations. You can do so by sending along copies of any materials that they will use during the deposition. This may include a subpoena or any other important documents. Updating the reporter early will help prepare them in advance.
Inform the reporter about your specific circumstances
Sometimes, court proceedings and depositions last longer than expected. If you know that the meeting will last through lunch, you should inform the court reporter in advance to avoid any inconveniences. You should also inform the reporter or agency in case you might need an interpreter or videographer present during the deposition. You should communicate early and provide as much information as possible, explaining why you need these extra services. The agency will be able to appoint a professional videographer or interpreter if needed.
Let the reporter know about your preferences
Finally, you should let the reporter know your needs and preferences. For example, you may want your transcript to be recorded in a specific format or you may want it expedited. Alerting the reporter in advance will allow them to prepare and take your needs and preferences into consideration.