Court Reporters: The Unsung Heroes of Legal Teams

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Procedural dramas idolize attorneys. It makes sense why this is the case– attorneys are the one to stand in front of a group of people and demand justice. Engaging television demands compelling dialogue. At times we may see stories about judges, perhaps even jury members, but this is usually where the line draws. If one didn’t know better, they may think this was the extent of those involved in the legal world, when it is far more complex than that.

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Bailiffs, security, paralegals, videographers, and so many more professionals are highly involved in each case even if it doesn’t take place in a courtroom. And while attorneys are the legal professionals who really progress a case, there is a key element to their legal teams that is often forgotten about, despite how crucial they are to a case’s inner workings. Who are they? Court reporters.

Court reporters are professionals who transcribe legal proceedings into an easy to navigate document. Laymen may think that anyone could be a court reporter, but this is not the case in the slightest. The National Network Reporting Company (NNRC) has a strict set of standards that all potential partners must meet in order to be accepted among the rankings of top court reporting firms across the world. To even be considered as a partner, court reporters must be able to type over 200 words a minute with an accuracy rate of at least 97.5 percent. Their transcripts must always be delivered as timely as possible. Their technology must be top-tier. Their customer service must be responsive and ethical.

These are the baseline requirements to become a partner of one of the most prestigious court reporting organizations in the world– but how did the NNRC achieve their best of the best title? In 1983, firms across the nation were beginning to realize how many of their competitors weren’t providing anything near to what their clients needed from them. They wanted to provide help to these attorneys and paralegals, but international guidance seemed impossible. So instead of taking matters into their own hands, these five leaders in the court reporting industry came together to form the National Network Reporting Company.

Since then, the NNRC has served as the backbone to cases of all sizes across the world. Dozens of customer-oriented, technologically advanced court reporting firms across the world belong to this network of professionals. This means that no matter where an attorney travels, be it to Los Angeles, California or London, England, they can hop on the NNRC’s site, schedule a service, and receive the same level of professionalism they would at home. It doesn’t matter which NNRC partner clients end up with. They will always be set up with the best of the best.

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“I don’t think people realize just how valuable a good court reporter can be,” CEO of NGOTechnologies, Jasel Patel, says. “Reporters can make a case successful. The NNRC finds the best of the best reporters in the industry and puts them in one, easy to locate database. Attorneys and paralegals can be confident they are scheduling a quality service through the NNRC every time.”

For nearly 40 years, the NNRC has been there for attorneys and paralegals across the globe. Specialized area of practice? The NNRC has professionals who are fluent in that special field of law. Need more than just a court reporter? The NNRC proudly offers an extensive body of litigation services— from videographers, to realtime reporters. No matter what an attorney needs, the NNRC can provide quality services.

For more information on the NNRC, call (916) 451-9187, email debbe.dreher@nnrc.com, or visit their Folsom office.

950 Glenn Drive, Suite 150 Folsom, CA

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