Reporters often hear attorneys voice the concern that realtime will be a distraction from the proceedings that are happening in front of them. But receiving a realtime feed isn’t about reading along with the testimony word for word continuously during the proceedings. It’s about having an efficient, simple, highly useful litigation tool at your fingertips: the transcript of the witness, their words, and the words of counsel, instantly accessible. Like any excellent reference tool, it provides the information you need at the moment you need it and can be put to the side when you don’t.
So what are some of the actual, hands-on benefits of having the transcript in front of you as you conduct your proceedings?
When conducting discovery:
- You see the testimony live. This enables you to ask better questions because you can immediately reference the details of any answer given – and have instant access to any inconsistencies.
- It helps you to respond more effectively to objections, to verify the reasons for objections, and to reformulate questions more effectively.
- Neutralize stalling tactics. There isn’t time for the witness to stall.
- Realtime allows you to pin down the witness. You can quickly search back and incorporate the witness’s previous answer.
When defending the case:
- Realtime helps your witness respond precisely to questions that are asked, and it allows you to defend your witness against confusing questions or wording that is designed to be misleading.
- You can protect your witness from harassment, from counsel mischaracterization of prior testimony, and from asked-and-answered questions.
- It can be used as a reference tool with your witness to improve their performance.
- During your examination, you are able to more precisely clarify information previously elicited by opposing counsel by referencing the exact questions asked and testimony provided.
Procedural advantages for all:
- The most immediate benefit is no more waiting for a transcript. During the deposition, the reporter is writing what is said. The software on the attorney’s laptop or iPad captures a rough draft transcript of the proceedings.
- Realtime allows you to see and know the competency of the court reporter – for example, technical words, misheard testimony, and mistakes.
- You can quickly communicate and share testimony with colleagues before the deposition is completed, allowing them to immediately research, develop, or follow up on any information that is offered by the witness.
- You can impress and/or intimidate opposing counsel by having instant access to the fine details of all testimony provided.
- It can be used for exhibit management and verification.
- You are able to highlight important portions of the proceedings, make stream-of-thought notes, and mark reminders on points you want to address without concern of unintentionally missing out on testimony while you do so.
- Most importantly, realtime allows you to concentrate on the face-to-face, personal interaction that is so important when examining a witness, secure in the knowledge that phrases, comments, references, names, facts, numbers, and dates are easily available in the transcript for anything you may want to return to later.
So, will realtime make your day simpler, more efficient, and more organized? The answer is absolutely yes. We provide realtime in order to make your job easier in every way. Go ahead – get your superpower on.
Don’t let the word “technology” intimidate you – receiving realtime is a simple and remarkably easy process. With both wireless and internet options available, you can be ready to go in just 5 or 10 minutes. You can connect to your PC, Mac, iPad, or iPhone. We are able to work with a favorite litigation software that you already use, or we can quickly provide everything needed from start to finish.
For questions or to get realtime set up for you or your firm, simply contact Hunter + Geist at 303-832-5966. Our reporters will get you up and running at the job, or our efficient, dedicated technical support team will happily take care of all your needs on your schedule.