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01Sep2014

How to Work with Court Interpreters

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By Elliott Wilcox
¿Cómo está usted?” “Comment allez-vous?” “Come sta?” “Wie geht es Ihnen?” “How are you?” Sooner or later, it’s going to happen. You’re going to have a great witness, someone who saw the entire incident and completely corroborates your client’s story. There’s only one problem… You can’t understand anything they say.
01Jun2014

In Defense of Court Reporters

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By Dennis D. Depew
As I write this column, there is a move afoot in the Kansas House to begin the process of eliminating court reporters in the courtrooms of Kansas.  In times where there constantly seems to be more needs than money, proposals like this, which a few years ago would have been unthinkable,
27Dec2013

Is There a Shortage of Court Reporters?

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A question that has been coming up lately is whether there is a shortage of court reporters and, if so, how long will it last? The answer is that yes, we are entering a period where, in many parts of the country, there will be a shortage over the next several years.
01Mar2013

More Than Just a Great Court Reporter

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You have a tough job. You work long hours under a lot of stress. If you overlook one detail, forget to note one date, you are liable for sanctions and may even compromise your case. The largest firms have their own calendar specialists to oversee such matters, but, whether you work for one of the top 100 firms or are a sole practitioner,
01Mar2012

Making the Record

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By Lynda Batchelor Barker, Registered Diplomate Reporter
The reporter’s transcript is an important document before, during, and after a trial. The transcript is used for trial preparation, briefs, impeachment purposes, and, of course, for appellate review. Property, freedom, and life all can depend on a clear and accurate record.
01Oct2010

Calif. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Getting all the Facts

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Excerpt – NCRA’s website
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Not Getting all the Facts When It Comes to Replacing Stenographic Court Reporters With Digital Audio to Save the State Money. VIENNA, Va., Sept. 2, — In a press conference yesterday, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pointed to a number of missed opportunities that could have saved the troubled state $2.8 billion annually.
01Jan2010

The Heroes of Last-Minute Depositions

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By Barbara Lynch, Staff Writer
My first approach to writing this article was to open with a scenario that litigation professionals could relate to with regard to scheduling last-minute depositions: the stress it can cause with the high chance of something not going right. But I didn’t want to insult anyone’s intelligence by pointing out something that we are all too familiar with:  Litigation professionals know firsthand how deposition planning can be unpredictable due to multiple parties’ calendars needing to be aligned,
02Mar2009

What is a Court Reporter?

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A court reporter is first and foremost a reporter — someone who tells what happened in a certain place at a certain time. A court reporter is an official witness to a legal proceeding of any type who can accurately relate what was said by all of the people present. The reporter is unbiased in the sense that he has no compelling personal interest in the matter he is witnessing.
01Jul2008

The Court Reporter’s Brain: “A Miracle”

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Here is an excerpt from a neuro-psychologist’s deposition which we think you will find very interesting! The neuropsychologist is describing the intricacies of the human brain. Neuropsychologist:  May I give an example of this? Counsel:  Sure. Neuropsychologist:  Okay.  If you look — and the example is this: Our brains are a miracle. 
11May2008

Can You Get Us a Reporter in Gardiner?

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One of the questions clients frequently ask is whether or not we can get them a reporter in a particular town. The answer is always “Yes!” Let’s say that your job is to do nothing but schedule depositions out of town. Five days a week, no holidays or vacations allowed, you schedule depositions in different cities where we have reported a depo.
11Sep2007

The Care and Feeding of Court Reporters

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Much of our work depends upon creating a clear, clean record for posterity. We depend upon such records to support the evidence establishing a claim or defense, a right or responsibility, an agreement between the parties, or a moment of clarity when lucidity is fleeting. And we strive to preserve such records in a pressure cooker – the courtroom,
11Jul2007

On the Record: Five Things Court Reporters Want Attorneys to Know

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They sit quietly in the corner, their fingers flying across the small, boxy keyboard. Two hundred words a minute, if not more. Their faces are blank, expressionless and impartial. On many occasions, attorneys and witnesses may even forget that there is someone in the room recording every spoken word. But ask court reporters what they’d like to say to the attorneys whose questions they record,