After 21 years, ABI continues to grow in the court reporting industry with increased momentum, in what has become a very competitive market.
Our timeliness and accuracy, not only with transcripts but in every detail of customer service and production, continues to differentiate us from our competitors and allows us to provide you with the best possible service.
We sincerely hold our relationship with you in high regard, and we will continue to do all we can to serve you in the best possible way.
We wish you the best in 2009, and we hope you and your firm continue to prosper and grow throughout the year.
Tips and Tricks for Working with Court Reporters
By Patricia Lyons, U.S. District Court in Arizona
As a court reporter for more than 20 years, I have learned quite a bit about what it takes to make a good record. There are steps you can take to work well with court reporters and to obtain the best record for your client.
First, let me lay some foundation. Court reporters are professionals who have gone to college or vocational school to obtain their degrees or certificates. Most states, but not all, require certification. In Arizona, state certification is required; national certification is voluntary. Certified court reporters are required to obtain continuing education annually and to comply with a code of ethics.
Court reporters are unbiased and independent keepers of the record.
In addition to writing what you say, we are writing punctuation and identifying speakers. We also write notes to ourselves (perhaps to note the marking of an exhibit, correct a misstroke or make a note to check a spelling, or to get that exhibit from which the deponent was reading). If you have any questions about what we do or how we do it, feel free to ask the reporter.
There is no magic to obtaining the best possible record—and to becoming your court reporter’s favorite client. Here are some suggestions.
» The words “insane” and “insanity” are not recognized medical terms but rather legal ones.
» The word “sheriff” is derived from “shire reeve.” In early England, each shire had a reeve who was the law for that shire. When the term was brought to the United States it was shortened to sheriff.
» Ohio is listed as the 17th state admitted to the Union, however, it is actually the 47th. Congress apparently forgot to vote on the resolution for its admittance but rectified its mistake on August 7th, 1953.