Realtime – The Litigation Superpower

Reporters often hear attorneys voice the concern that realtime will be a distraction from the proceedings that are happening in front of them.  But receiving a realtime feed isn’t about reading along with the testimony word for word continuously during the proceedings.  It’s about having an efficient, simple, highly useful litigation tool at your fingertips:  the transcript of the witness, their words, and the words of counsel, instantly accessible.  Like any excellent reference tool, it provides the information you need at the moment you need it and can be put to the side when you don’t.

So what are some of the actual, hands-on benefits of having the transcript in front of you as you conduct your proceedings?

When conducting discovery:

  • You see the testimony live. This enables you to ask better questions because you can immediately reference the details of any answer given – and have instant access to any inconsistencies.
  • It helps you to respond more effectively to objections, to verify the reasons for objections, and to reformulate questions more effectively.
  • Neutralize stalling tactics. There isn’t time for the witness to stall.
  • Realtime allows you to pin down the witness. You can quickly search back and incorporate the witness’s previous answer.

When defending the case:

  • Realtime helps your witness respond precisely to questions that are asked, and it allows you to defend your witness against confusing questions or wording that is designed to be misleading.
  • You can protect your witness from harassment, from counsel mischaracterization of prior testimony, and from asked-and-answered questions.
  • It can be used as a reference tool with your witness to improve their performance.
  • During your examination, you are able to more precisely clarify information previously elicited by opposing counsel by referencing the exact questions asked and testimony provided.

Procedural advantages for all:

  • The most immediate benefit is no more waiting for a transcript. During the deposition, the reporter is writing what is said.  The software on the attorney’s laptop or iPad captures a rough draft transcript of the proceedings.
  • Realtime allows you to see and know the competency of the court reporter – for example, technical words, misheard testimony, and mistakes.
  • You can quickly communicate and share testimony with colleagues before the deposition is completed, allowing them to immediately research, develop, or follow up on any information that is offered by the witness.
  • You can impress and/or intimidate opposing counsel by having instant access to the fine details of all testimony provided.
  • It can be used for exhibit management and verification.
  • You are able to highlight important portions of the proceedings, make stream-of-thought notes, and mark reminders on points you want to address without concern of unintentionally missing out on testimony while you do so.
  • Most importantly, realtime allows you to concentrate on the face-to-face, personal interaction that is so important when examining a witness, secure in the knowledge that phrases, comments, references, names, facts, numbers, and dates are easily available in the transcript for anything you may want to return to later.

So, will realtime make your day simpler, more efficient, and more organized?  The answer is absolutely yes.  We provide realtime in order to make your job easier in every way.  Go ahead – get your superpower on.

 Don’t let the word “technology” intimidate you – receiving realtime is a simple and remarkably easy process.  With both wireless and internet options available, you can be ready to go in just 5 or 10 minutes.  You can connect to your PC, Mac, iPad, or iPhone.  We are able to work with a favorite litigation software that you already use, or we can quickly provide everything needed from start to finish.

For questions or to get realtime set up for you or your firm, simply contact Hunter + Geist at 303-832-5966.  Our reporters will get you up and running at the job, or our efficient, dedicated technical support team will happily take care of all your needs on your schedule.

Ethics – The Importance of Being Earnest

As reporters, we are bound by a code.  This code makes certain that you, our clients, will receive consistently ethical, professional services. It also ensures that we, the reporters, are providing not just words on a page but are upholding standards and ideals that reflect upon the profession of law as a whole.

This code we adhere to is not ambiguous. As members of both the National Court Reporters Association and the Colorado Court Reporters Association, the reporters of Hunter + Geist have precise professional standards and codes of conduct that bind us to our personal belief that ethics matter.

In addition, as a proud participant of the National Court Reporting Association’s Ethics First program, Hunter + Geist goes above and beyond to bring you an atmosphere of unquestionable integrity, transparency, and impartiality – all while providing you with a level of service that is simply unmatched.

The standards we hold here at Hunter + Geist affirm an uncomplicated truth: Your clients expect the best from you, and you have the right to expect the best from us.

Did you know? Among other professional obligations, the responsible and ethical reporter must:

  • Be fair and impartial toward all participants in a proceeding, and always offer to provide the same services to all parties
  • Preserve confidentiality
  • Disclose conflicts of interest or the potential appearance of conflict of interest
  • Guard against both the fact or appearance of impropriety
  • Limit all client gifting to the monetary value defined in the NCRA guidelines, and never offer anything in exchange for future work, regardless of its value
  • Maintain the integrity of the reporting profession
  • Abide by the NCRA Constitution & Bylaws

What should you expect from the reporters you work with? For more information about the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics, visit the NCRA at

www.ncra.org/CodeofProfessionalEthics. For more information about our reporters and staff, visit us at www.huntergeist.com/.