November 26, 2021

The Perfect Deposition Transcript: 7 Tips and Tricks

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: Deposition

Deposition Transcript

A deposition transcript is a legal term for a formal, recorded question and answers session when the witness is under oath.  Suppose you want to provide your attorneys with the perfect deposition each time. There are a few simple rules to follow that will minimize any distractions and keep your focus on the task at hand. 

Once you begin to fall into a pattern of employing these tasks, your depositions will be closer to perfect each time.

Here are 7 tips and tricks for the perfect deposition transcript.

  1. Stop Talking Over One Another

    Stress to your participants how important it is for the recording that only one person speaks at a time. This will eliminate all confusion about what is being said by whom and in what context.

  2. Share Vital Information on the Deposition Transcript Notice

    For everyone to be on the same page, all of the most vital information must be shared on the deposition notice. Giving everyone the most up-to-date and accurate information possible will help keep everyone on track during the deposition.

  3. Give the Court Reporter Access to Important Documents

    For the court reporter to fully understand what is going on, they must have access to the same important information as everyone else.

  4. Make Sure All Testimony Is Audible

    An inaudible recording can make for a poorly transcribed document. Ask everyone, attorneys and witnesses alike, to speak as fluently and clearly as possible. Speak slowly so that everyone in the room can understand you.

  5. Inform the Reporter Before You Start That a Quick Turnaround Is Needed

    When you hire a court reporter, you must tell them early on in the process what your time frame is. Make sure they understand that a quick turnaround time is needed. Give them an exact time frame so they can begin to schedule their time accordingly.

  6. Clarify Any Uncertain Language or Terminology

    As a court reporter, it’s up to you to find out what a word or phrase means. If you cannot understand what is being said or in what context, asking for clarification will help speed up the process once you begin transcribing the notes and video.

  7. Share Contact Information with Everyone Involved

    As the deposition transcript begins, everyone should share the contact information. This ensures that if any more questions arise or something needs to be clarified, it will be easy to get the appropriate information.

If you want to offer perfect depositions transcript every time, you must understand the process and tips and tricks to minimize distractions. Contact Jilio-Ryan Court Reporters if you want to learn how we provide the best way to download deposition transcripts and create a perfect deposition. 

The right court reporter does make all of the difference!

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