Are you Frustrated by a Court Reporter’s Interruptions?

December 10, 2018

Here’s How You Can Prevent Them.

Believe it or not, your court reporter wants to interrupt a
deposition about as much as you want them to. That is, they’d rather not
interrupt at all. Court reporters are the guardians of the record, however, a
responsibility they take seriously. They are concentrating on every single word
uttered by each participant in your deposition or hearing and will interrupt
immediately if they aren’t able to capture what is being said.

Clearly, when the court reporter speaks up it disrupts the
flow of your questioning and could cause you to forget where you were headed.
The reporter doesn’t mean any harm by interrupting; they’re just doing their

The most common reasons a court reporter will interrupt a
deposition are:

  • ·        
    Speed – All court reporters can take down fast
    talkers, but there’s a limit.
  • ·        
    Mumbling – This usually goes along with speed,
    but not always. Instances of mumbling increase when witnesses or attorneys are
    reading along with a document or going through standard deposition
    instructions. If the witness is naturally mush-mouthed, you’ll need to instruct
    them to enunciate.
  • ·        
    Volume – If the court reporter can’t hear it, it
    can’t get into the record. Attorneys usually don’t have a problem making
    themselves heard, but a soft-spoken witness might need to be reminded to speak
  • ·        
    Multiple people talking at the same time – When
    multiple people are talking at the same time, the court reporter can only take
    down what one speaker is saying. You won’t have full control over making sure
    deposition participants don’t talk over each other, but if you do your part by
    letting the other person finish speaking before you speak, that will go a long

At your next deposition, keep these tips in mind and you’ll
experience few, if any, interruptions.

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