Thirty Minutes Early or You’re Late

That my husband is an attorney makes sense.  If he were a doctor, I might be a nurse.  But my husband is not a doctor, he is a litigator, and as such, he attends depositions regularly, mostly starting at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., but this past week he had a doctor’s deposition set for 5:00 p.m.  He arrives to this deposition in plenty of time to read over and highlight a previous deposition in the case and say hello to plaintiff’s counsel, the scheduling attorney, and the court reporter.   By now it’s 5:00.  The nurse says the doctor’s ready.  Counsel and the court reporter are ready, but where, oh, where is the videographer?

The doctor says he’s got some dictation to do, and since everyone is there, and with a trial date looming, they agree to wait fifteen for the videographer.  The court reporter, who hired the videographer, is now red-faced and on the phone frantically trying to find out where he is.  She can’t reach him, and she says, “Doesn’t he know,” meaning the videographer, “if you’re not fifteen minutes early, you’re late?”  My husband didn’t say anything as he thought to himself, “That’s not the way my wife runs her court reporting & video deposition firm.” 

Well, the videographer never did show, so plaintiff’s counsel decided to proceed with just a written record of the deposition and forget about the videographer.  I’m sure glad I’m not that videographer right now.  Things happen, don’t get me wrong.  I don’t know enough of the facts to place blame anywhere, but once a trust like that is broken; it’s mighty hard to get back.

Taylor Court Reporters Kentucky has a different policy about when our court reporters arrive on the job.  Our policy:  Court reporters arrive thirty minutes prior to the scheduled start time of any deposition, earlier if necessary and our videographers arrive sixty minutes early.  Both court reporters and videographers arrive early in hopes of getting into the deposition room so they can assess their surroundings and set up their equipment in an orderly and unrushed fashion.   Court reporters and videographers work with many electronic components, all having wires, plugs, ports, and switches, and each one requiring on-site troubleshooting from time to time.  

So next time you set a deposition with Taylor Court Reporting Kentucky at any of the locations we cover, expect to see us on the job thirty or sixty minutes early, and if you don’t see us, ask the receptionist.  Chances are we’re already in the deposition room setting up, running a test and getting ready to begin. 

Schedule with Taylor Court Reporting Kentucky – we’re there and ready to go when you are.

Transcribe: Great Free Web app for Court Reporters

The Chrome Web Store rolled out a free web app back in August 2012 called Transcribe.  It’s a nice little program for some to use, but your Louisville Kentucky court reporters, Taylor Court Reporting KY, needs more. We like Transcribe for its ability to import MP3 and WAV files for proofreading our deposition and arbitration transcripts.  The free version of Transcribe offers five useful shortcut keys:

  • Esc: pause/resume
  • F1:  slow down
  • F2:  speed up
  • F3:  rewind 2 seconds
  • F4:  forward 2 seconds

You can purchase the Transcribe Pro version, also available at the Chrome Web Store, with a few upgrades.  The upgraded Pro version works on a cloud platform so you can work at any computer from home, the office, or on the road.  Pro allows you to upload multiple audio files and export your transcripts as doc files. This pay option will save you from having to copy and paste as you do with the free version.

Transcribe Pro has several different plans. You can choose the Solo plan at $19.00 a month. The Solo plan comes with 8 hours of audio and 20 documents.  You can get the Premium Plan for $29.00 a month and it will give you 14 hours of audio and 30 documents.  For the casual user that needs a little more, there is a pay-as-you-go plan that comes in at $3.00 an hour for audio with 10 documents.  If you want a time code showing the current audio position and have the ability to import WMA files, you’ll need the Pro version.

An iOS app became available in November of 2012.  The iOS platform allows you to record audio directly to your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, and you can then upload the files automatically to your Transcribe Pro account.  You’ll manually have to transfer the audio to your computer with the free version.  (What a great back-up audio option for deposition court reporters.)

Visit the Chrome Web Store to download either the free version of Transcribe or Transcribe Pro, the paid version.  You can also download Transcribe and Transcribe Pro from the Taylor Court Reporting Kentucky website, just go to the Clients section and follow the Downloads link.

If there was anything we would like to see improved on the free version, it would be an “always-on-top” option and the ability to reassign the hotkeys.  With those two caveats in mind, Taylor Court Reporting, your Louisville Kentucky Court Reporters, can give the free version of Transcribe for Chrome users two thumbs up!

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Video Depositions – How to Fold a Pop Up Screen

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Your Louisville Kentucky Video Deposition court reporters use the professional Savage collapsible backgrounds to create a more polished, professional look to your video depositions. These collapsible screens give your picture a softer, richer feel.  They are lightweight and easily set up, but when it comes time to  pack up and go home, well, that’s another story, that is, until we found this video on line, showing the proper technique for quickly folding your Savage collapsible background.  Now it’s a snap.  

Watch the video and see what appears to be a magician at work! 

Kentucky Court Reporters Support Kentucky Justice Association at State Fair

The lazy days of summer are winding down as the kids start back to school. It’s August in Kentucky, the temperatures are still rising, and it’s Kentucky State Fair time.  Ah, the State Fair, with its novel gastronomic adventures, corn dogs, deep fried Girl Scout cookies and hamburgers served between two Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.  It’s also time for the Trial by Jury, put on each year by the Kentucky Justice Association with the help and support of the Kentucky Court Reporters Association.

Fair-goers get the chance to get out of the heat and take a seat on a jury, where they learn the value and importance of a citizen’s right to a trial by a jury of their peers and the responsibility every citizen shares to insure that right.  Once jurors are selected and seated, they listen to the case presented by attorneys.  They hear testimony, objections, and rulings by the Court.  They learn what it means to be on a jury.

As they listen to the proceedings and ponder the evidence, from time to time their eyes wander to the court reporter sitting behind the steno machine, fingers flying while intently listening to each word spoken.  Every once in a while they notice the reporter’s eyes glace at her computer screen and they wonder, “What’s she looking at, and whatever happened to the paper that comes out of that machine?”  After deliberations, their work done, the verdict is read.  The jurors feel the weight of their decision and are glad to talk to the attorneys a bit about their experience.  A few jurors inevitably wander over to the court reporter to see what exactly she does during the trial. 

Participants L to R: Attorney Jay Prather, Bailiff Nick Smith, Court Reporter Linda Taylor and Judge James Brantley, Attorney Andrew Downey (not pictured)

Now, with just a few people milling around, the court reporter explains the role she plays in depositions and trial.  She explains that as an impartial officer of the court, she is charged with taking down verbatim notes of the proceedings and transcribing them for interested parties. She explains the changes in technology over the years, how our writing style has gone from using paper and dictating machines to using computer technology that can produce an instant readable translation of the spoken work.  

Someone always asks for a demonstration and we are happy to show them how the steno machine works and how it can be connected to a computer for a realtime readout of the proceedings. We explain how that can benefit the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and how lawyers and judges use the instant translations to impeach witnesses or mark important parts of the testimony.

“How do court reporters know what keys to push if they aren’t marked?  How long does it take to become a court reporter?  How much money does a court reporter make?”  We answer all the questions we’re asked, but can’t help adding how much we love this profession of court reporting, the freedom of a deposition reporter’s schedule, the people we meet, and the stories we hear. 

Everyone walks away having learned something by participating in the Trial by Jury.  If you ever find yourself looking for something to do in August, head on over to the Kentucky State Fair and get involved with the Trial by Jury.  Meet a lawyer, talk to a court reporter, a judge or a bailiff.  It’s fun, air conditioned and, best of all, it’s free! 

Linda L. Taylor

Photography by Jessie Taylor