Admonitions for depositions

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyA blog posted on Sept. 7 on JD Supra by Kramm Court Reporting offers the eight admonitions most common on the checklist of attorneys.

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NCRA members share ways attorneys and court reporters can work together to create a better record

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyIn a recent blog post, Esquire Deposition Solutions shared four tips for attorneys and court reporters to work together to get a better record. NCRA members Charlene Friedman, RPR, CRR; Renee Kelch, RPR; Joanne Lee, RPR; and Suzann Sanchez, RMR, contributed to the tips, which include working with the court reporter in advance and using realtime technology.

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Justices debate meaning of “access” in court records fight

JCR logoAccording to an article posted May 1 by the Daily Report, Atlanta, Ga., attorneys for the producers of the Undisclosed podcast were in the Georgia Supreme Court trying to persuade the justices that a Rome judge should have let them copy a court reporter’s backup tapes from a 2001 murder trial. Undisclosed is a popular podcast series focused on old criminal cases.

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Advice for new attorneys embraces common pet peeves of court personnel

The Survival Guide for New Attorneys in California, a joint publication of Los Angeles Lawyer and the Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers, offers advice for those new to the judicial process. Pointed out by an eagle-eyed court reporter, the section titled “Pet Peeves from the Bench” by the Hon. Victoria Gerrard Chaney covers many issues court reporters also note as problematic in taking a record, such as a lack of civility or brevity. Chaney’s section is on page 55.

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The court reporter’s dilemma: Interrupt or drop

On July 28, a question-and-answer style post on Legal by the Bay, the Bar Association of San Francisco’s blog, written by Ana Fatima Costa, shows why attorneys should not be annoyed when interrupted by the court reporter. “No reporter wants to break the flow and momentarily stop the proceedings, especially during an intense volley of questions and answers and/or colloquy. Yet as officers of the court and guardians of the record, they have a legal and ethical duty to prepare a full, impartial and verbatim transcript of the proceedings,” said Costa.

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Cuts mean attorneys must bring their own reporters to court

Kern County Superior Court in California will no longer provide court reporters for family, civil, and probate proceedings due to state budget cuts, according to a June 10 story aired on KGET TV 17 out of Bakersfield, Calif. Following the budget cut, parties to a proceeding or the attorneys who want a record of proceedings will have to hire and bring their own reporters. Some attorneys were unprepared for the change, and court reporting agencies set up in the hallway to offer their services as the parties were called into court. According to the news story, the courthouse is permitting the agencies to hang signs in the halls for the time being even though soliciting is normally not allowed.