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Realtime Reporting in Depositions

There are several reasons why an attorney would choose to use Realtime Reporting in a deposition or court setting.

Realtime affords litigators several advantages, whether it’s to allow for faster summary preparation, seeing things in writing in an effort to be more organized, the ability to verify that the desired testimony has been elicited, maybe it’s for a tactical advantage or to be better prepared for the next day’s depositions in cases where depositions are being taken over several days.  In addition, the defending attorneys can monitor closely for potential objections and mark testimony for cross-examination later.

However, as of late, we are being asked to provide Realtime for a very different reason.  A client may be deposing or representing an individual that is deaf or extremely hard of hearing and are finding that Realtime is a great solution.

The Gallaudet Research Institute reports:

  • About 2 to 4 of every 1,000 people in the  United States are “functionally deaf,” though more than half became deaf relatively late in life; fewer than 1 out of  every 1,000 people in the United States became deaf before 18 years of  age.
  • However, if people with a severe hearing impairment are included with those who are deaf, then the number is 4 to 10 times higher. That is, anywhere from 9 to 22 out of  every 1,000 people have a severe hearing impairment or are deaf.  Again, at least half of these people reported their hearing loss after  64 years of age.
  • Finally, if everyone who has any kind of “trouble” with their hearing is included then anywhere  from 37 to 140 out of every 1,000 people in the United States have  some kind of hearing loss, with a large share being at least  65 years old.

In situations where our Realtime reporters, whether in Memphis, Nashville, and Jackson, Tennessee have been involved in reporting cases for the deaf or hearing impaired, they often come back with a feeling of more than just accomplishing a job assignment.  In those situations the reporter feels as though they have given back to the community and the great profession of Court Reporting.   For it’s in those situations, that the hearing impaired have connected in a realtime way all because of the talents and skills of our realtime reporters.

Kathy May  – President


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