Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Schedule a Deposition with Your Firm?

Clients can call, 602.258.1440 or email their request to scheduling@coashcrv.com

What Are Your Availability and Lead Time for Scheduling Depositions?

There isn’t a set time to schedule a deposition – most clients call prior to sending the notice to ensure we can schedule a last-minute deposition.

What Are Your Rates and Billing Policies?

Please contact our office at 602-258-1440 to inquire about CCRVs Rates and Billing policies.

Do You Offer Remote Deposition Services?

Coash Court Reporting & Video offers remote depositions as a service.

Can You Provide a Certified Court Reporter for My Deposition?

Yes, all of our Coash Court Reporting & Video court reporters are certified and experienced in the field.

Can I Request Expedited Transcripts?

Yes, the client can request an expedited transcript prior to the deposition or afterwards.

What Is Your Cancellation Policy?

Please contact our office at 602-258-1440 to inquire about CCRVs Cancellation Policy.

Do You Provide Additional Services, Such as Videography or Interpreters?

Yes. CCRV has an in-house Videographer department. CCRV can arrange an interpreter for most languages.

What Happens If I Encounter Technical Issues During a Remote Deposition?

For remote depositions, a technical professional from CCRV is available and willing to assist during a remote deposition.

Does your firm schedule hearings, arbitration, and trials?

Yes. CCRV schedules hearings, arbitrations, and trials. Please contact our office at 602-258-1440 to inquire about availability and rates.

Exhibit sharing process via Zoom? Can you walk me through this process….

CCRV can schedule a consultation with our Videography department, please contact our office at 602.258.1440 for any additional questions.  

How do steno-machine keyboards work?

Steno machines or stenographs are small laptop-like devices that court reporters use to take down what is said in the deposition or courtroom as it is being said. They have a keyboard similar to a laptop, but anyone familiar with a standard QWERTY keyboard layout would find a steno machine’s keyboard to look like Klingon. To maximize typing speed and recorded intonations, these machines are built to type phonetic sounds instead of letters. In order to do this court reporters must press multiple keys at once to ensure that the proper sound and inflection is noted for later use.

How many words can court reporters write per minute?

To be qualified as a legal, certified court reporter, you must have a typing speed of up to 225+ words per minute with an overall accuracy rate of 97.5%.

How do you become a certified court reporter?

First, you must receive a certification of completion from a state-recognized court reporting program. To become a certified court reporter some states require that you pass their state or the National Court Reporting Association’s (NCRA) Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination. Some states require that court reporters must be licensed by the state that they work in. In addition, many court reporting companies and independent court reporters have gone out of their way to further their education and receive additional certification for realtime reporting and higher speed examinations.

Will court reporters be replaced by recording devices?

Not anytime soon. Recording devices have been around since the late 1800s, but they have yet to overtake humans when it comes to accurately reading a room and recording what is said, how it is said, why that is significant, distinguishing between accents and formatting the proceedings in both a digital and text format. Also, because the recording devices used today need the same amount of manual operation as a stenograph does, it becomes a rather redundant thing to have.

Legal Video FAQs

Why videotape a deposition, and how is it used in trial?

Recording one’s deposition saves attorneys and their legal teams time, as while a providing an excellent reviewal resource. By recording one’s deposition, attorneys can record the testimony of an expert witness who may not be able to attend the trial– thus allowing them the testimony of that witness. It also allows attorneys to review their witness’ testimony to ensure the witness’ story is exactly the same during trial.

Are deposition videographers certified?

Some states require deposition videographers to be authorized to administer an oath. This could be any type of professional from notary, to court reporter, to bailiff. It is possible that videographers who advertise themselves as “certified” acquired that title through purchase or minimal paperwork, which does not identify any additional legal skill. Keep that in mind when looking for a legal videographer.

Can deposition videos be used in place of live testimony?

Usually, an expert witness testimony is allowed in video format. For regular witnesses, most laws require said witness to be present in court if they are available. However, the use of deposition videos must utilized if agreed upon by both counsels and the judge. 

How should a witness prepare for their video deposition?

Testimonies should be prepared the exact same way one would prepare for a live testimony, only for a deposition video, there are presentation issues to consider. Tell witnesses to avoid shirts with busy patterns that may be warped on camera, as well as jewelry that is overly-shiny. Do not wear anything that might bump into the lavaliere microphone and cause interference. Avoid fidgeting, muttering under one’s breath, clicking pens, or doing anything else that could cause excess noise and be picked up by the microphone.

What is deposition synchronizing?

Deposition synchronizing is the process of lining up the recorded transcript with the deposition video file. It takes place after the deposition by using special playback software, and allows the transcript to appear on screen as video captions. This is a great resource for those hard of hearing, and makes retrieving clips for review easy.