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Litigators are not invulnerable to the do-more-with-less charge from their clients. Staying on this path is easier thanks to efficiencies gained through digital applications in litigation. The Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act (E-SIGN) was enacted June 30, 2000 to facilitate the use of electronic documents and signatures. As it relates to the law, see the Digital Signature Guidelines Tutorial prepared by the American Bar Association at abanet.org/scitech/ec/isc/dsg-tutorial.html.

When applied to a deposition transcript by way of encryption and authentication, a digital signature secures the transcript and prevents it from being readily changed. For example, U.S. Legal Support delivers its transcripts digitally signed and encrypted and then uploads them to a secure repository so that each client has access to all testimony in all cases in which U.S. Legal Support has reported the assignment. This allows and ensures the recipient and/or user of the repository can verify the integrity of every transcript upon viewing it.

When depositions are recorded non-stenographically, i.e., video, U.S. Legal Support records video depositions digitally to allow for post-production video/text synchronization. Synchronizing the transcript text with the video allows you to search and quickly find relevant testimony, cut testimony with sustained objections, and play back video testimony on a laptop with little or no technological expertise.

When a witness to be deposed is in a location that previously required travel, conserve resources by attending remotely or by videoconference. Remote depositions are achieved by using a real-time reporter to send streaming text to attendees in a secure Web environment. You can view and annotate the testimony in real time without ever having to leave your office.

One of many ways U.S. Legal Support distinguishes itself from other national court reporting companies is by providing the personalized service you expect from your local office while giving you coverage globally. While most court reporting companies have centralized production of your transcripts outside of California, U.S. Legal Support maintains production within the state in which its brick-and-mortar offices are located. In so doing, it ensures statutory compliance with the taking and production of the digital record and allows the firm to deliver a higher degree of service.

For more information visit uslegalsupport.com.

Submitted by Reesa Parker for U.S. Legal Support

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