Keys to Narrowing Down Your Options for Court Reporting Services in Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, & Maryland
You’re definitely spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing a court reporter in the Washington, D.C. Metro area. But you’re not looking for a simple in-and-out transcription: you’re looking for a court reporting company your firm can trust to handle your cases over and over again. After all, why get takeout every night if you can have a personal chef for the same price?
If you’re looking to build a relationship with a reputable court reporting company, here are a few things that should be at the top of your list:
- On-Site Court Reporters. Court reporting is not an easy trade. It takes more than a fast typist to convey your clients’ testimony in court; there are additional factors that can only be observed face-to-face during a deposition. Unfortunately, more and more court reporting businesses are outsourcing their court reporting, leaving you wondering what exactly the transcribed conversation will say. Your best option is to ensure that your local, certified court reporters will be on hand and available for every session of your deposition (and don’t be afraid to ask how many years they have worked in the legal profession).
- One-Stop Shop for All Court Services. Outsourcing firms cut down on overhead by sacrificing office space or operating under a small storefront at the farthest edges of town. Your clients will hardly be inspired by giving testimony surrounded by peeling wallpaper or screaming trains. A good court reporting service will offer conference room space and technical assistance for reporting, as well as video deposition options if you wish to record your clients’ testimony. An office that offers multiple locations and flexible times of day for services is also a plus.
- Years of Experience. Always look at a business’s reviews and ratings for objective opinions. Not only should the business have court reporting experience, it should have experience in your kinds of cases, including civil, criminal, and general district court. If an attorney you respect repeatedly uses the same reporting service, there has to be a reason.
Jodi Casamo has concentrated her certified women-owned business on building relationships with her customers throughout Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland, keeping them coming back to her for all of their video conferencing and reporting services for over 25 years. To find out if Casamo is right for your firm, look over our client testimonials or click the related links on this page for more helpful tips.