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Out-Of-Town Depos: Let Us Take the Weight Off Your Shoulders

Scheduling depositions out of your town can be time consuming and expensive and often ends with disappointment and frustration. Choosing an international court reporting company with local court reporters and affiliates...more

Perks of Being a Court Reporter

Before working at Planet Depos I had almost no idea what a court reporter was. I knew my aunt was one when I was younger, but that meant almost as much to me as when Rachel thought Chandler was a “transponster” on an episode...more

Motion GRANTED re Court Reporters’ Page Rates

Government Code Sections 69950 and 69954 regulate page rates an official court reporter may charge for transcripts in California Superior Courts. A lawsuit was brought by attorneys against an independent court reporting firm...more

Five Tips For Success and Opportunity – Attorneys, Court Reporters…

In the last few months I have been approached by an attorney who just passed the bar, a financial planner that is selling for a large insurance company, a 53-year-old woman who was just laid off after 29 years working at a...more

International Depositions – Should You Attend in Person or Remotely?

International depositions involve several logistical steps which are not a concern when planning depositions in the U.S. One of the issues to address is whether you should attend your overseas deposition in person. Travel...more

New 2016 Law Applies to California Deposition Notices

A new law requires language to be added to Notices of Deposition, AB 1197, effective January 1, 2016, authored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla. CA CCP 2025.220 now reads as follows with the addition of section (8):...more

Court Reporters Punch Fear in the Face

Being a court reporter takes so many skillsets: the ability to write 250+ words per minute accurately, having the intelligence to understand words spoken by every type of expert in the world talking about every subject from...more

Your International Deposition Checklist

Time is of the essence when planning international depositions, so organization is vital. Using a flow chart or checklist as you prepare for international depositions will not only keep you organized and on track, but will...more

New Year, New Laws for Litigators

Did you keep up with the onslaught of legislative developments affecting litigation this year? Don’t worry, here’s a list of some key changes every California litigator needs to know....more

Court Reporting: An Under-Marketed Profession, Part 2

In a previous blog I covered the fact that the profession of court reporting is an under-marketed profession and one that is in high demand. You know the basics. Let’s hear from reporters why they love the job!...more

2015 California Rules of Court – Appeal Transcripts – Court Reporters Do Not Provide “Fee Waivers”

Due to the fact that many civil courtrooms throughout California no longer have court reporters, and attorneys need to bring in a pro tem court reporter for hearings and trials, some of the procedures in regards to filing...more

Thanksgiving Checklist for your International Depositions

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, reminding us to count our blessings in all areas of our lives. There are blessings tucked into our professional as well as personal lives, whether it be the good fortune to work with...more

Gastronomic Benefits of International Depositions

As mentioned in previous blogs, international depositions provide prime opportunities to expand your cultural horizons and tap into your inner Magellan. If you aren’t attending your depositions overseas via videoconference,...more

Benefits of Social Media for Court Reporters

It’s no secret that social media has become a basic tool for survival – personally as well as professionally. It has certainly changed our lives dramatically over the last ten or so years. For instance, I’m 25, so I started...more

Realtime Reporting – A Mutual Benefit

In a previous blog I had mentioned that there is a need for court reporters. At the same time, it is also very important for the reporters on duty today to stay up to date with technology to serve the constantly evolving...more

Rough Drafts – Does Quality Really Matter?

Planet Depos is fortunate to work with some highly sophisticated clients. Many of them appreciate the fact that Planet Depos court reporters are equally sophisticated in their craft in that they can offer valuable services...more

Oops! The Court Reporter Didn’t Swear In the Witness

The Court Reporters Board of California periodically receives calls from frazzled court reporters who realize they forgot to swear in the witness, and the deposition had started. I know sometimes when an attorney says, “Let’s...more

The Latest Writers and CAT Software Technology – Part 4

Parts 2 and 3 of this blog featured the latest and greatest in technology for your writer. Now, just as important, let’s discuss the newest technology in CAT software. When is the last time you upgraded versions of your...more

The Latest Writers and CAT Software Technology – Part 3

In Part 2 of this series, we highlighted the features of the Luminex writer. Perhaps it piqued your curiosity that it may be a good fit for you? Before you make the financial commitment, however, you owe it to yourself to be...more

International Depositions and Visa Requirements

When planning international travel, visa requirements can sometimes throw a monkey wrench into the process. This is bad enough when planning a highly anticipated vacation. When planning international travel for business,...more

Court Reporting: An Under-Marketed Profession

It’s clear why we need doctors, dentists, teachers, and researchers. But what about the professions that don’t get the spotlight? What about the jobs that require amazing mental processing skills that are often overlooked...more

3 Tips for Taking Depositions in Hong Kong

It’s likely that coordinating international depositions can take extra planning and will usually cost significantly more than taking depositions in the U.S. Here are several tried-and-tested tips for saving money for your...more

Writer and CAT Software Support – a Must for Every Reporter, Part 2

In Part 1 of this blog we discussed why your writer and CAT software support agreements are so important. But just because you have a current support agreement for your writer doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider all that a...more

Writer and CAT Software Support – a Must for Every Court Reporter, Part 1

Court reporters are very busy people. Traveling is a part of an active reporter’s schedule. Whether you’re just traveling a few miles to a law firm or all the way around the world to cover depositions overseas, your tools...more

Beware Attorneys, Court Reporters, and Legal Videographers “Sitting is the New Smoking”

At a lecture on health by Angel Chelik of Sea Level Workouts, Angel made the statement, “As you’ve probably heard, sitting is the new smoking.”  The audience was made up of court reporters. Angel had everyone’s attention....more

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