Chicago Realtime: Court Reporters for the Chicago Legal Community for 40+ years.

Chicago-area Realtime and its predecessor company have provided court reporting, legal videography, CART, and related services in the Chicago metropolitan area for more than 40 years. Chicago-area Realtime & Court Reporting has long served as a preeminent court reporting agency, leading in technical excellence, advanced technology, and client satisfaction.

Realtime Court Reporting in Chicago

In January of 2015, Planet Depos a global court reporting company providing best-in-class court reporting, interpretation and trial support services, acquired Chicago-area Realtime & Court Reporting, Ltd. Planet Depos, LLC, the only international court reporting agency led by court reporters and world-renowned industry experts, provides court reportingvideographyvideoconferencinginterpretation, and trial support services throughout the United States and abroad to international law firms, worldwide corporations, and government entities. The Company has extensive experience reporting complex matters around the globe, including arbitrations, trials and depositions. Planet Depos is headquartered in Washington, DC with 60+ offices worldwide. A forward-thinking company, Planet Depos is conversant with the latest technologies and works closely with clients to implement case-winning tools, including streaming text and video, realtime to iPads, mobile videoconferencing, and digital deposition exhibits.



Since 1973, Chicago-area Realtime & Court Reporting has supported the Northern Illinois legal community and beyond. Driven by a four-generation court reporting legacy, the company is grounded in a national referral network that delivers the best court reporters to your side—wherever.


Few other companies can claim distinguished champion and medalist titles at national and state court reporting competitions. Known for their speed and accuracy, professional affiliations, and long-time presence, CaRR reporters are credentialed, invested, and involved.


Chicago-area Realtime & Court Reporting has evolved with the industry—and technology—to deliver timely, accurate transcript turnaround. In size, the company claims its niche between large, multilayered organizations and home-based, freelance court reporters.
About Court Reporting

What is a Court Reporter?

A court reporter is responsible for recording spoken dialogue during a legal proceeding, including court hearings, depositions, arbitrations, and mediations. Court reporters are responsible for making an accurate, verbatim record to ensure that all testimony is preserved, making this profession vital to lawyers both in and out of the courtroom.

Different Types of Court Reporters

Legal Stenographer – A stenographer uses a stenotype machine to transcribe spoken dialogue into a written form using shorthand, a method of abbreviated script.

Realtime Court Reporter – A realtime court reporter allows attorneys to view testimony as it’s being spoken. A realtime reporter must be highly skilled and experienced in the field, as they produce readable transcripts for clients as the actual proceeding is taking place.

Why Use a Court Reporter from Chicago Realtime?

At Chicago-Area Realtime & Court Reporting, a Planet Depos Company, we use not only certified professionals, but highly skilled court reporters. How do we recognize an experienced reporter? Well, because we are experienced reporters. Lisa DiMonte, our Chief Executive Officer, is a Registered Merit Reporter and Certified Manager of Reporting Services. Kathy DiLorenzo, Director of Court Reporting – U.S., is a Registered Diplomate Reporter, a Certified Realtime Reporter, a Certified Broadcast Captioner, a Fellow of the Academy of Professional Reporters, and Past President of the National Court Reporters Association. With court reporters leading our team, you can rest assured that your scheduled reporter will be knowledgeable and experienced. Planet Depos only state and/or nationally certified court reporters.We regularly offer reporters educational opportunities to further develop their skills. Our court reporters hold one or more of the following certifications:

  • State Certified Shorthand Reporter
  • Registered Professional Reporter
  • Registered Merit Reporter
  • Registered Diplomate Reporter
  • Certified Realtime Reporter
  • Realtime Systems Administrator