Before Hiring a Court Reporter, Ask Questions.

hiring a court reporter

Your court reporter isn’t available for a deposition later in the week. You’re freaking out because you need it for an upcoming case. What do you do? If you’re in Las Vegas, Chicago, or Minneapolis, call Depo International! If you’re outside that service area and are hiring a court reporter, ask questions like these:

What is your service area?

Businesses, especially small to medium sized agencies, are constantly changing to adapt to the marketplace and not get eaten by the larger competitors. Our industry is no different. In addition to Las Vegas and Minneapolis areas, we now cover all of Illinois, not just Chicago. This is due to the demand and also technology that enables our team to work remotely. That means a Chicago reporter can cover depositions anywhere in the state and beyond.

Are you a certified court reporter?

Some states, like Nevada and Illinois, require state certification while Minnesota does not. We are members of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and follow their Code of Ethics as required. In addition, Depo International has held the prestigious status for more than a decade of being the only certified member of WBENC, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council, in the industry in the State of Minnesota, and now also is certified with WOSB, Women-Owned Small Business.

How much time is needed for scheduling?

There are times when you may need a deposition within a couple of days and a quick turnaround for the final transcript. While we cannot guarantee we have the resources available, we do our best to accommodate our clients and their schedules. If we can have a bit of lead time, a week or two, we can better source our team to find the best fit for your case.

What is the cost and what does it include?

Hiring a court reporter is like hiring a new employee for your legal team. You need to know the cost of hiring them as well as what that includes. If you need a transcript expedited, what will that cost? If you need additional copies, what is that cost? Let the reporter know your needs so they can provide an accurate quote. It will avoid confusion later.

At Depo International, we are dedicated to hiring the most qualified court reporters so you never have to worry. Call us today to schedule your next deposition.