Lives and livelihoods depend on the accurate verbatim capture of testimony in legal proceedings. Law firms can have confidence that Esquire Deposition Solutions will assign court reporters to your job that are skilled professionals who operate with the utmost confidentiality. As officers of the court, Esquire’s court reporters will impartially capture the record with speed and accuracy and ensure law firms receive an accurate transcript that preserves an exact record of the legal proceeding.
Court Reporters Are Guardians of the Record
Official transcripts produced by professional court reporters are key to safeguarding the legal process.
Esquire’s highly skilled and certified court reporters capture a verbatim record of your deposition or other legal proceeding. Stenographic court reporters are highly trained to produce accurate transcripts of depositions, hearings, and trials by:
- Acting as impartial participants in the deposition process by administering oaths to deponents and maintaining control of the deposition
- Employing specialized shorthand to reach speeds in excess of 260 words per minute
- Providing readbacks of testimony during proceedings
- Using customized computer-aided transcription software to capture, format, edit, and deliver rough draft and final transcripts
- Securing and maintaining the record
Stenographic court reporters play a critical role in the justice system by impartially recording proceedings and producing an accurate record. That’s why our court reporters are highly trained and certified.
The Advantages of Realtime Court Reporting
During a deposition, lawyers must simultaneously listen to testimony from witnesses, note points for cross-examination and impeachment, and manage objections, among other critical tasks. Esquire helps reduce the stress of legal proceedings by offering attorneys realtime court reporting.
With realtime court reporting, a court reporter’s stenographic notes are immediately transformed into readable text, giving lawyers instant access to a written, searchable transcript of the proceeding.
Access to realtime transcription allows attorneys to:
- Absorb information more effectively by listening to and reading testimony simultaneously
- Note important points for follow-up questioning
- Search the transcript in realtime for key words and phrases
- Catch unintelligible or unclear words for correction or clarification
- Gain early access to the testimony by receiving a rough transcript delivered shortly after the proceeding concludes
Certification for Court Reporters
The National Court Reporters Association is the primary certifying body for stenographic court reporters.
All Esquire court reporters are encouraged to stay up to date with advancements in technology, changes to legal policies and procedures, and the latest developments in the industry.
NCRA’s stenographic court reporter certifications include (entry-level to highest order):
- Registered Skilled Reporter (RSR)
- Registered Professional Reporter (RPR)
- Registered Merit Reporter (RMR)
- Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR)
Not all states require court reporter certification, but legal professionals can be assured that Esquire’s skilled court reporters will deliver professionalism, excellent performance, and an accurate transcript.
What is a Voice Writer?
Voice writers are similar to stenographic court reporters in that they capture and produce an accurate record of legal proceedings. The main difference is their method of capture, which relies on dictation and the use of special technology and equipment, including microphones and noise-cancelling masks, to capture and transcribe speech as it happens.
Voice writers also undergo rigorous training and must obtain certification in certain states, most commonly through the National Verbatim Reporters Association. These certifications include:
- Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR)
- Certificate of Merit (CM)
- Military Verbatim Reporter (MVR)
Options for Transcript Delivery
Esquire Deposition Solutions provides transcripts to fit the needs of legal professionals.
- Court reporters and voice writers often provide realtime streaming to provide instantaneous access to the spoken word
- Court reporters and voice reporters can provide rough draft transcripts shortly following the proceeding
- Official transcripts can be delivered the next day or by standard delivery
Flexibility to Keep Moving Forward
Sometimes, a qualified stenographic court reporter or voice writer isn’t available for a deposition. To keep your litigation calendar moving forward smoothly, Esquire's court reporting services offers digital reporters to accurately capture a legal proceeding.
Disclaimer: Esquire only offers digital reporting where permitted by law. Esquire digital reporting is not related to the practice of shorthand reporting. Our digital reporters are trained to use best practices to manage the capturing of the verbatim record of a legal proceeding using audio equipment and a computer with specialized recording software, and to certify to the authenticity of the official digital recording.