Court Reporting and the World of Law

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Attorneys are not the sole professional who win clients’ cases. They are responsible for presenting the facts and swaying the jury, which is certainly a difficult task, but there are a lot of moving parts that help attorneys present the best version of their case possible. Legal teams are made up of a number of professionals who preform different jobs in order to help the case thrive.

Among those professionals are court reporters. Many hear the title and can’t possibly conceive what a court reporter might do during a trial. Others simply think that court reporters sit in the back of the room with a tiny laptop and type up what was said. While that description is the most basic description of a court reporter’s responsibilities possible, it is a description nonetheless. Court reporters are tasked with recording what was said, exactly how it was said, as it is said. This means that court reporters must be able to type upwards of 200 words a minute– about five times more than the average person can type a minute.

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Part of this ability comes from talent, and part of it comes from mastering the stenograph– the machine court reporters use in the court room or deposition. Unlike a normal keyboard, stenographs are arranged phonetically, which allows reporters to record sounds instead of “real English” and produce words more quickly. Court reporters then have to go back and translate what was said in a pristine transcript for attorneys, so that it can be referenced at a later date. These transcripts need a quick turn-around, because attorneys can’t afford to sit around waiting.

Court reporters need to be as timely, efficient, and accurate as possible so that the discourse of law can move smoothly. When a court reporter can’t deliver on these needs, everyone suffers– paralegals, attorneys, and their clients. Attorneys must choose who is a part of their legal team wisely, so they aren’t left wanting more.

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As one of the legal hubs of Texas, Houston is home to a plethora of legal services. Court reporting firms are peppered across the surrounding area, giving attorneys a wide variety of options to choose from. Attorneys who have been in the business long enough know that not two firms are created equal. Some just rise above the rest, give it their dedication to quality, their top-tier technology, their customer service, or some combination of all three. In Houston, there is really only one firm that has the professionals, technology, and customer service that attorneys need.

Hanna & Hanna Certified Court Reporting and Video Specialists have been the go-to Houston court reporters for nearly 30 years. After functioning as a key part of arbitrations, hearings, complex patent litigation, and so many more diverse cases, the staff at Hanna & Hanna understand what it takes to not only provide the best service in the business, but how to anticipate the needs of their clients. The family-owned business prides itself on offering clients the best technology in the business and an unparalleled level of customer service. They are small enough to know each client by name, but large enough to cover proceedings, no matter where in the world they occur.

Some cases require different types of court reporters. The unique certifications court reporters can strive to achieve give them a more precise skillset that can be used in a number of different applications. At Hanna & Hanna, the staff employs a variety of court reporting professionals. Attorneys can book Certified Realtime Reporters, Certified Livenote Reporters, Certified Live Deposition Reporters and Certified Legal Video Specialists.

Every service Hanna & Hanna has incorporated into their business has been with the needs of their clients in mind. It has become commonplace for court reporting firms to operate as full-service litigation support firms, and Hanna & Hanna is no exception to this rule. When an attorney books a service through the Hanna & Hanna, they can schedule just about any legal service they need. Along with normal court reporting, clients can schedule a realtime reporter– one who can hookup their stenographs to a laptop or projection screen and display their transcript in realtime. This allows attorneys, the judge, and jury to follow along with legal proceedings exactly as they happen. Attorneys can also schedule Hanna & Hanna’s legal video specialists, who can record legal proceedings with the best technology in the business, guaranteeing crisp audio and visuals every time.

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The firm has a network of reporters and videographers across the glove to ensure their clients have the best service no matter where they travel, allowing attorneys to have the level of service they’ve come to expect anywhere in the world. Their realtime streaming service also attorneys to be a part of distance cases without the expenses and trouble of travel. Attorneys can examine the witness clear audio and visuals and through secure chatrooms.

They are fully aware that sometimes mistakes and emergencies happen. Sometimes, the opposing counsel might forget to schedule a reporter or videographer. Many court reporting firms would say the legal team is out of luck. At Hanna & Hanna, they can still schedule a service. By emailing afterhours@hannareporting.com at any time of day with one’s request, they will promptly receive a return email or phone call to get things settled.

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In the world of law, court reporting is absolutely crucial. Without court reporters, attorneys wouldn’t be able to recall the important details of a case-post trial or deposition. The transcripts provided by court reporting professionals are an invaluable resource, and in Houston, Texas, that resource comes in the form of Hanna & Hanna Certified Court Reporting and Video Specialists.

For more information on Hanna & Hanna, call (713) 840-8484, email info@hannareporting.com, or visit their offices.

8582 Katy Freeway, Suite 105, Houston, Texas 77024

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