Frequently asked questions

What is the difference between "realtime" or "rough draft" or "daily copy"?

A Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) has developed their writing skills and proven them through one of the top national programs, certifying their ability in realtime reporting. Attaining the CRR designation commands instant respect and attention from peers and clients alike. 

Interactive realtime provides instant access to the spoken word via a wireless connection from the court reporter's computer to yours DURING the proceeding. You can use your own computer, or we can provide one for you. 

The advantage of realtime is that you have the transcript immediately in front of you to mark, annotate, e-mail portions to your expert for comment, or further question a witness while citing the exact testimony. The realtime file can also be streamed instantaneously by secure Internet connection if needed. Chat features allow off-site experts and support staff to participate remotely.

Advance notice is needed so that we can provide a qualified court reporter and equipment. 

A rough draft is a copy of the proceedings at the END of the session that has either not been edited by the court reporter or very quickly edited and is usually emailed to the requesting party.

A daily copy transcript is delivered the SAME OR NEXT DAY in its final edited and certified version.

What is videoconferencing and how does it work?

Willette Court Reporting can send live video and/or realtime transcripts over the Internet directly to clients anywhere in the world. An expert witness can be testifying right here in central Wisconsin while an attorney or expert in San Francisco monitors the realtime transcript. Clients can monitor multiple depositions in a single day without the time and expense of travel. 

Does your client want to attend the deposition of the opposition's expert but he can't fly to Anywhere, USA? Have you been able to coordinate the schedule of six attorneys and a doctor for that "must-go" deposition date and the seventh attorney cannot attend? Willette Court Reporting has a solution. We offer video and/or text streaming.  A computer with an Internet connection is all that is needed to access a password-protected website, and you can view the video and/or text as it is happening.

How is realtime reporting used for the deaf and hard-of-hearing? What is CART?

CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) Realtime technology has proven helpful for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals both in and out of court. Most of the more than 30 million deaf and hard-of-hearing people in the United States developed hearing loss after acquiring language skills; therefore, many are not proficient with American Sign Language. Court reporters use the same technology that produces realtime in legal settings to produce live captions of television programs. In addition, realtime is used in many other applications to provide access for hard-of-hearing people in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act or for other purposes.

With CART, everything that is said is "captioned" live for deaf and hard-of-hearing clients. In fact, it can be thought of as captioning for non-broadcast settings, such as classrooms, churches, meetings, and conferences. The captioning may be on a small screen that can be read only by one deaf or hard-of-hearing person, or the CART captions can be displayed on an overhead (for a small group), broadcast on a large screen, on the Internet, or broadcast via satellite. 

Willette Court Reporting has court reporters who are certified to provide this valuable service.

How do I find a reliable court reporterfor an deposition?

At Willette Court Reporting, we have access to Certified and Registered Professional Reporters across the country and abroad. Through our participation and attendance at national events, we have developed relationships with qualified court reporting firms. We are happy to make arrangements for you with other top-notch court reporting agencies around the country and abroad. An online Source Book is also available.

If I get an electronic copy, can I still get a paper copy?

The good news is you have options! First option: You can print either full size or condensed transcript from the electronic file we send you - no need to make any calls. Second option: If you would like us to print you a copy and bind it, simply give us a call. We will charge a nominal amount to cover our printing and postage costs, NOT a copy price, as you have already purchased an electronic copy. We are meticulous about backing up our files; we can access your transcripts from just last week or the distant past if needed. 

How quickly can I expect a transcript from a deposition or court proceeding?

Our turnaround time is generally ten business days. Please let us know if your needs require expedited services. The more information we have regarding your needs, the better we can accommodate. For instance, if you are taking a deposition with a trial in two days, we will be sure to send a court reporter who can meet your deadline.

Do you accept credit cards?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover via PayPal. Please contact us for arrangements.

Can you provide daily or expedited transcripts?

Not only is that something we can handle, it is a service we specialize in! Contact us for more information. 

What will I get when I order an "e-transcript" from Willette Court Reporting?

We deliver our electronic transcripts in the PDF format. This requires no special software; a PDF reader is all you need. Simply click on the file and you will be able to access the transcript and all the attached and hyperlinked exhibits (if requested). The PDF file also includes a dynamic index so you can click on any instance of a word in the index and it will take you to that spot in the transcript as well as provide a context preview to expedite your search.

Contact Willette Court Reporting to discuss how we can best meet your needs. Whether you are new to these advancements in litigation support technology or you would like an update, Willette Court Reporting can provide you with professional in-house training at your convenience.

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