International Court Reporting and CART/Captioning

As highly experienced realtime court reporters and CART providers (Communication Access Realtime Translation/ captioners), Cathy and her colleagues have been called upon to provide professional services in several international venues.

From Mexico to South Korea, France to Morocco, we have participated in providing court reporting realtime deposition services with a handful of people present onsite, as well as been part of a team of CART providers covering high-level conferences with hundreds of attendees onsite and thousands of individuals remotely interacting globally. 

English is often the common language used internationally for conferences, and by engaging skilled speech-to-text captioners, the number of people who can participate in the event is virtually limitless. An added benefit of the realtime captioners' services is that an instantaneous text transcript is produced, which can be utilized for summary reports or data gathering to aid future research and development of knowledge and technologies.  



  Because of difference in court/legal systems, in some countries it is necessary to receive permission in advance from the overseas government to hold a deposition within their borders; and the U.S. Embassy would be the venue at which the proceedings must be held.  

Uploading all files to cloud storage prior to boarding the return flight to the U.S. ensures newly gathered data is retrievable stateside should your technology be lost or damaged in transit.  

In providing realtime court reporting services, we have enabled a client who has experienced hearing loss to have greater communication access with the added benefit of viewing the streaming text on a laptop computer on the conference room table. 

When traveling abroad, if you will be arriving to your destination city late in the evening, it is best to exchange some currency prior to departing your home city, if possible. This will allow you to travel from your destination airport to your hotel with local currency on hand. Often the currency exchange offices in your destination airport/city may have only daytime business hours, and having local currency in your wallet is best for small purchases where many vendors are not set up to receive payment by credit card.

Several weeks prior to departing abroad, check with your bank or credit card institution to verify if your cards have the embedded "chip-and-PIN" technology. Many locations throughout Europe and beyond are now only accepting these chip-embedded cards, and U.S. travelers may end up finding themselves stranded without access to cash because the U.S. financial institutions are lagging in implementation of this technology.

  Be sure to review your cell phone service plan prior to traveling abroad and make temporary adjustments to the plan if necessary. Remember to turn off your roaming and auto-sync features prior to landing abroad. Texting is cost-prohibitive internationally, and oftentimes obtaining an "international calling card" is the most economical means of placing an overseas phone call; but be sure to purchase a card that will function in your specific destination country.



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