How Court Videography Services Could be Extremely Beneficial to Your Deposition
The court can be a fast-paced, extremely technical place, it is no wonder legal training takes years to complete and require a lifetime of learning to stay up to date with all of the latest legal precedents. This also explains why accurate record taking is so important and necessary. For a very long time, there have been record takers in the courtroom called stenographers. Stenographers are skilled typists who are able to type somewhere around 180 to 200 words a minute and can transcribe speech, real-time into shorthand. Stenographers are also called court reporters or scribes and are still vital cogs in the legal machine but new technologies are coming along that are providing even more accurate records. Court videography services do a very similar task as legal stenographers but with the added benefit of also providing a record of long pauses, facial expressions, notable events, and individual personality. This creates a more complete and accurate record for judges and attorneys. In this article, we will outline why you might benefit from a service like this, how you can find a great video team, and how video work might be a huge benefit to you in the courtroom or in the conference room.
The main difference between a traditional court reporter and a videographer is obvious. One types while the other videos. But this is more than just a different way to capture an accurate record, this method comes with various added benefits. Video captures words the same way as a written account would, but they also provide a detailed record of reactions the judge and juries might have had, any long pauses the opposition might have made, any interesting interactions or disruptions, or anything out of the ordinary. This basically outlines the reasons why video does a better job of telling the whole story than writing but is far from revealing all of the benefits of it. Court videography services are very useful in the event that a witness is physically unable to be present in the courtroom due to location, medical condition, or any other reason. It allows the lawyer present to show the court the witness’s testimony in the case that they are unable to be there.
To find a great video team to record your courtroom hearings or conference room meetings, you need to think of it like you are a business looking for a new employee. Seek out agencies that can help put you in contact with a professional video team. In the same way that a temp agency keeps lists of qualified individuals looking for work, there are agencies that keep lists of qualified video specialists. But just as a business would not hire the first person to be suggested or apply, you should not either. Ask an agency for some recommendations and their contact information, and then interview them. When they show up for their interview come important observations to make note of are: Are they on time? and, Are they dressed in a professional manner? This not only reveals how professional they are going to act in the courtroom but also speaks to how seriously they take themselves and their work. If any of your potential candidates come to interview late and dressed sloppily, they will likely do a sloppy job. The interview is also your best opportunity to ask them any and all questions or concerns that you have. If you feel they are not easy to work with, but are instead easily stressed out, untrustworthy, or just not good at their job then move on to the next candidate. You will want to look for a videographer that is polite and respectful, professional, and has a quality portfolio. Someone that has some knowledge of the legal process is that much more prepared to help you out.
Some things you should require of your court videography service provider before signing a contract are a list of prior experiences, a portfolio, and a list of gear. Prior experience with legal cases are obviously preferred, but you are just looking to see that they have some experience and are not just starting out. The portfolio is similar to the work experience but instead of showing that they have done things, it will show what they have done. What you are looking for is clear audio, stable and clear visual, and an overall quality recording. You do not want to be left guessing what was said or missing some of the slight facial expressions that you might need. You do not need to know all about cameras and audio recording gear, and if you do, you do not need to require the latest and greatest gear from your video team. As long as they have a quality camera, microphone, and a tripod, they can do what you need. With that being said, multiples of those three essentials will provide you with a better recording.
As you can see, the role of a court or boardroom video team is much more important than you might have thought. In a courtroom, things can happen very quickly and can leave you or the rest of your legal team lost. If you have a video of every detail of the day you can keep your competitive edge and can then build a more effective case. Finding inconsistencies in the opposing side’s testimony, seeing how the judge, jury, or witness reacts when a question is asked or answered could help you see things that you may have missed but that might help you uncover something that may change the course of the case. The ability to relive the days hearing infinite times will make you a much more effective lawyer and will help you get favorable settlements much more often. For business owners, it will allow you to stay ahead of the business curve and will help you to create effective content for your company’s website. If you are not yet sold, record your own hearings or conference room meetings and you will see a few of the benefits, but if you use a professional, you will see the full effect of what video can do for you.