December 17, 2015
Being able to read and understand a deposition without any confusions is vital in any case. Certain speech patterns and bad habits on behalf of the attorneys can lead to a confusing and unreliable transcript. A few of the most common problems can be corrected with a little forethought and determination.
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Speaking Out of Turn
Both attorneys and those being interviewed often speak before the other has finished speaking. It disrupts the train of thought and can be extremely confusing when being read by a judge or jury. It’s important to advise everyone involved to only speak when it is their turn.
Mumbling makes it harder for the court reporter to catch each word being spoken. It can lead to misinterpretations and inaccurate transcripts. Always speak clearly and enunciate words careful to avoid confusion.
Beginning a sentence and then starting over several times not only confuses the witness, but also makes the transcript much harder to understand. Think before speaking and always use whole sentences.
Speaking too fast makes it impossible for the court reporter on the typewriter to catch each and every word without any mistake. Speaking fast can also cause words to sound mumbled. Hence, it is advisable to speak slowly and clearly.
Always use appropriate terminologies when describing any particular situation or event. Using wrong words and irrelevant terminologies can lead to confusion and inaccurate testimony on behalf of the witnesses.
A highly trained court reporter is capable of creating accurate and reliable transcripts. However, they are only as good as the people who are involved in the process of transcribing. Attorneys must learn to speak clearly and effectively in order to ensure high-quality and accurate transcripts. This often means reading from a script or taking careful notes so there is no hesitation or confusion once the deposition begins.
Colleen Jilio-Ryan is the Owner of Jilio-Ryan, a Tustin based premiere law consulting firm. The firm along with its certified court reporters is dedicated to providing the highest quality deposition and litigation services to attorneys, insurance companies, and corporations. With her sincere efforts, Colleen is committed to meeting the highest standards of the legal industry, and is an industry leader when it comes to on-time court reporting and deposition scheduling.
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