Arkansas allows RPR as equivalent for court reporting license

JCR publications share buttonThe Arkansas Supreme Court recently posted and approved a final rule change that accepts NCRA’s RPR certification in lieu of the state exam.

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Can’t understand your city councilor? Think this would help?

Officials from the Canadian city of Sault St. Marie plan to look into adding closed captioning to broadcasts of its city council meetings, per the request of two of the council’s members, according an article posted by on Oct. 10. The members want the change to provide access “for the hearing impaired of our community.”

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Hollywood studios beat lawsuit over non-captioning of song lyrics in movies and television

According to an article posted Sept. 29 by The Hollywood Reporter, Disney, Warner Bros., Universal, Paramount, Sony, and Buena Vista Home Entertainment defeated a lawsuit that alleged that the studios has violated various laws by refusing to provide more captioning or subtitling of song lyrics in films and television shows. The putative class action suit was launched on behalf of those with hearing disabilities. The judge in the case considered several aspects of the allegations, although he ultimately concluded:  “From the description of both parties, it seems clear to the Court that captions, and specifically the decision regarding what content to caption, is a component of the moviemaking process, as the Studios must decide what level of captioning would provide the best experience for consumers using the caption and subtitle features.”

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Riverboat becomes federal court in flooding case

The St. Joseph News-Press, St. Jospeh, Mo., reported on Sept 28 that The Spirit of Brownville picked up more than 60 people, including a federal judge and an official court reporter, for a trip down the Missouri River as part of a flooding lawsuit.

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Massachusetts highlights changes in courtroom recordkeeping

Nancy McCann of the Massachusetts Court Reporters Association is quoted in an article posted Sept. 28 by The Crime Report that addresses the issue of replacing live court reporters with digital recording equipment in the courtroom.

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New York state allows RPR as equivalent for court reporters license

The New York State Board of Regents has amended the Commissioner’s Regulations that pertains to the Certified Shorthand Reporting examination requirements. The Board of Regents has also approved NCRA’s Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination to meet New York’s examination requirement for licensure as a Certified Shorthand Reporter. Their forms and website have been updated to reflect this.

New Jersey Supreme Court issues rule to protect court reporter’s audio file

The Certified Court Reporters Association – New Jersey (CCRA-NJ) announced that the New Jersey Supreme Court Rules Committee created a new court rule to protect the reporter’s audio file.

Although New Jersey already had a rule in place that affirmed a transcript taken by a New Jersey Certified Court Reporter as the official record, the new rule goes further in protecting the court reporter’s audio file as a “work product.” This also means that litigants and their attorneys may not demand or request an audio file without obtaining a court order.

“By October 2013, I’d heard enough of reporter’s stories to make the announcement that I was going to petition the NJ Supreme Court Civil Practice Committee to create a rule to protect the reporter’s audio file as their work product, and not be available to litigants or their attorneys without a court order to show cause,” Rick Paone, the state association’s legislative chairman, said about how he decided to take up the issue. “The issue hit home several years ago when a litigant accused my reporter of leaving something out. His attorney told me the client was a troubled person and knew the supposed testimony had never occurred but asked that we furnish it to satisfy his client. I refused to have the reporter turn it over, and the litigant fired his attorney and filed charges against my reporter with the State Board for ‘fraud and deception.’ The matter was investigated and dismissed, but it became of paramount importance to get language in place to protect reporters from litigants and their counsel attempting to use their work product audio against them.”

Paone also emphasized that it was a long process, but one well worth the time. In addition to spending months researching the issue, he worked with the attorney for CCRA-NJ to draft a petition to the Civil Practice Committee. It took a year until the rule received a recommendation from the committee, at which time it was sent to the New Jersey Supreme Court for public comment. The rule was put into effect Sept. 1.

The text of the new rule is available courtesy of the Certified Court Reporters Association – New Jersey.



Court reporters essential to an effective system of justice

An article posted Sept. 2 by the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, Calif., recognizes the work of court reporters and the important role they play in providing the official record of court proceedings. The article is authored by Jennifer Muir Beuthin, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association.

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See you in court? Not anytime soon in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, Calif., posted an op-ed piece written by local Superior Court Judge Michael L. Stern that addresses the issues backlogs create in civil courtrooms. The article was posted on Sept. 1.

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Cinema sites to carry captioning devices for deaf

News channel 8 in Grand Rapids, Mich., posted a story on Sept. 1, announcing that the movie company Celebration! Cinema will equip all of its theaters with closed captioning devices. The announcement came after a deaf man filed a discrimination lawsuit against the company last month.

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