Deposition transcripts are a record of legal proceedings, but more importantly, they are crucial tools in court cases. With rapid market changes in technology, certified transcripts are at risk.
Simply put, the authenticity of a transcript requires certified court reporters. Anything less than certified court reporters risk admissibility of transcripts in court. Rules of professional conduct, ethics, chain of custody, impartiality, accuracy, and confidentiality are all requirements of certified court reporters.
The use of recording technology is entering the legal community as a means of producing transcripts of legal proceedings, but are the transcripts certified and admissible in court?
How do you know if your transcripts are certified?
Ask a few questions before scheduling services:
- Is the court reporter certified per state requirements where the proceeding is held?
- Does the transcript stay in the custody of the court reporter or is it sent to unauthorized individuals for transcription services, perhaps overseas?
- Is the transcript sent to unauthorized individuals for transcription services?
- Is there a recording device being utilized in the legal proceeding for the primary purpose of taking recorded testimony?
If you answered “yes” to Questions 1 and 2, your transcripts are certified.
If you answered “yes” to Questions 3 and 4, your transcripts are at risk!
Using the advancement of technology to locate certified, vetted court reporters is an assurance of certified transcripts.
Using the advancement of technology to record legal proceedings and the production of noncertified transcripts vastly risks the outcome of litigation.
eCourt Reporters provides attorneys and paralegals the ability to search and select certified court reporters and legal videographers free with the latest technology.