Use The Internet To Help Alleviate Nerves For New Court Reporters At A Deposition


One of the reporters I work with, a 12-year veteran, told me to help alleviate her fears for the first two years of being a court reporter, she would go to the attorneys’ directory and look up the attorney she would be working with at a deposition and study the photograph. That way when the attorney walked in the room, she knew it was the client and was ready to shake her/his hand and introduce herself.

I have a similar practice, looking attorneys up on their websites and getting to know who they are. Advice: Don’t let people know you read their bio or looked at their photo before you meet them. It seems to make people uncomfortable. At a deposition I thought I would make friends with an attorney and told her, “Oh, I read you went to Yale and were a UCLA undergraduate and you enjoy horseback riding.” She accused me of being a stalker and was kind of mean to me the rest of the deposition.

I suggest court reporters go on the internet and Google expert witnesses and doctors when assigned to upcoming depositions. You can start putting together terms of art for the industry that witness is in, briefs, and get a feel for what you are going to be hearing when you are on the record.

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