The Reporter Newsletter – August 2008


The Reporter Newsletter – August 2008

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August 2008

From the President

Every year, Law Technology News (LTN) recognizes leaders in legal technology. This year Atkinson-Baker Court Reporters has been nominated for the LTN Technology vendor award in the following categories: “New Product of the year,” “Docket & Calendaring Application” and “Records Management Software.” We can only win if our clients, who are also subscribers of Law Technology News, vote for us, if they so see fit.

To vote, please go to the following You will need to provide your subscriber ID found on the top line of the address label on the front of your copy of Law Technology News.

We are honored just to be recognized for our devotion to keeping up with our clients’ needs in the area of technology which is what we’ve done for over twenty years.

Best regards,
Sheila Atkinson-Baker

Put Those Video Depositions to Work for You

By Robert Neale
CES Trial Services

As many of us know, incorporating video depositions in a case can be a costly and many times unnecessary expense. With most trials settling and not actually going to trial, many attorneys don’t see the need to spend the extra money on this invaluable service. The fact is, a video deposition when prepared properly can actually save you and your attorney time in your discovery as well as the client money over the life of the case and, it’ll likely help you settle cases faster. So don’t shelf those video depositions when you get them, put them to work for you from the onset of the case.

To accomplish this we need to change the way we think about using video in the discovery process and add a little a dose of technology. If you prepare your video product as if you will most certainly be going to trial with it (instead of using it as insurance) and you make some simple changes, your video will cost you less and be more productive throughout the life of the case.

As we know, the typical process for video depositions usually goes something like this:

Your attorney calls you and tells you to schedule a video deposition. You call your trusty court reporter and tell them you want to order a video deposition. The court reporter makes the arrangements and they do the deposition. The court reporter cleans up the deposition text and the videographer does his thing and the court reporter sends it all to you on a CD/ DVD or some other obscure form of media. It then sits in a manila envelope in some box somewhere JUST IN CASE you should ever have to go to trial.

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Plaintiff’s Attorney: What doctor treated you for the injuries you sustained while at work?Plaintiff: Dr. Johnson.

Plaintiff’s Attorney: And what kind of physician is Dr. Johnson?

Plaintiff: Well, I’m not sure, but I do remember that you said he was a good plaintiff’s doctor.

Court: Is there any reason why you couldn’t serve as a juror in this case?

Potential Juror: I don’t want to be away from my job that long.

Court: Can’t they do without you at work?

Potential Juror: Yes, but I don’t want them to know that.