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Advice From A Reporter Working In Court

I asked my friend, Andrea Saatman, who has been working in the Delaware courts for many years, what kind of advice she would pass on to young reporters.  

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To (sic) or not to (sic)

I very, very rarely (sic) a transcript.

Using (sic) seems to me to point out that someone made a mistake and I know better. It makes lawyers and witnesses look stupid. 360 more words

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When the proceedings get going too fast

AND I PROMISE YOU IT WILL NEARLY EVERY DAY!  

Remember for now and for always: speed is your friend. The faster and cleaner you write, the easier the rest of your professional life will be.   234 more words

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When should the court reporter interrupt?

CONTROLLING THE PROCEEDINGS, In Deposition and in Court

  • What do you say? Learn to project your voice politely yet firmly into the proceedings. One way is to say, “Excuse me” and lean forward with your hand pressed to your ear indicating you just did not hear.
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They gave me a pile of exhibits -- what do I do with them?

Exhibits can be a nightmare for a deposition reporter. Here’s a few things you should know about handling exhibits.

Exhibits are part of the record you are creating. 677 more words

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The court reporter arrives at the conference room -- now what?

So you’re the first to arrive to the conference room. Now what?

I like to sit at the end of the conference room table, with the witness to my right, his lawyer to his right, and the questioning attorney (the “noticing attorney”) to my left, directly across the table from the witness. 251 more words

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They didn't tell the court reporter

A list of things that have happened to every deposition reporter you know.

  • They cancelled the deposition and didn’t tell the court reporter.  Lucky you – an unexpected day off!
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