It's National Court Reporting and Captioning Week!

Did you know you get to celebrate your favorite and (hopefully) silent partner-in-crime all week long?
The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the country’s leading organization representing stenographic court reporters, broadcast and CART captioners, and legal videographers, has designated Feb. 14-20 as the 2016 National Court Reporting & Captioning Week. The week-long event is designed to celebrate the court reporting and captioning professions and to help raise public awareness about the growing number of employment opportunities the career offers.
Here's a helpful list of do's and don'ts when it comes to that person so critically important to the entire reason you're taking a deposition etc. (to preserve and utilize the testimony at some point in the future):


1.  Remember his/her name and use it -- they're real people!
2.  Have your documents pre-marked (helps build rapport with the reporter).
3.  Speak clearly and slowly, especially when reading.
4.  Be polite.
5.  Be polite.

(I'm sure there are many others.)


1.  Don't be a dick.

(There are no others.)


  1. Do: Keep the court reporter in mind when you think you are punishing opposing counsel and the deponent when you insist on plowing forward without a lunch break. Sure, you'll annoy opposing counsel and the witness, but . . . court reporters have to eat too.

    Don't: Think your court reporter knows how to intuitively spell every esoteric medical term or the names of the people being discussed -- especially those with foreign backgrounds.

  2. THANK YOU!!!

  3. Do: invite the hot reporters to cocktails. They are not dressed that way because it is comfortable.

    Don't: invite the court reporter to drinks if you are: over 30, bald, fat, dumb, sweaty, poor, an associate who only carries files to depos, or, not hot.

  4. @11:41

    What if you're 3,200 years old, on your 39th soul, hot & packing the whacker?

  5. The hot court reporter thing went out by 1990.
    But my oh my did I have fun from 1978 onward.
    The Mutiny...a different hottie every weekend...sometimes...okay many times we'd pick up one of the pool babes, get a suite and spend that 20k cash the client laid on me Thursday. Had a 911 convertible, a place at Grove Isle, a boat, a few hundred in cash in the safe deposit box, no worries, lots of clients, known at every restaurant in the Grove and Gables (the beach was dead then believe it or not) and had the best decade of my life.

    Oh well, time marches on.

  6. It's "Dos," not "Do's."


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