Deposition Transcript Dailies – Tricks And Tips For Court Reporters


I am working on a case in which the attorneys have requested all transcripts be in final and emailed on the following day. The depositions are videotaped, realtime, and streamed. The attorneys have the prescribed Federal Rules seven hours, which means the depositions start at 9:30 end about 6:30 p.m. Everyone wants to get their questions in by the allotted time, so the attorneys are averaging 275 words per minute. The transcripts are all 300 – 350 pages.

How in the world do I get the final transcript out by 6:00 p.m. the following day? Here are some tips that I have found makes getting dailies out possible:

1. Write clean – no messing around being online, checking email, looking at your calendar. Focus on the writing and create briefs for often-mentioned phrases

2. Mark questions, answers, or colloquy that need to be listened to. Everyone messes up, so create an easy stroke that signifies to you or your scopist the last Q or A needs to be double-checked.

3. Have a trusted scopist. I can send my CAT transcript to my scopist along with the wav file in timed intervals that I have set up with DropBox and/or Sugarsync. So every hour she will get the portion of the transcript from the previous hour to work on.

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