Longtime court reporter considered icon to retire after 53 years

JCR logoThe DecaturDaily.com posted an article on May 11 about the retirement of court reporter Morris Anderson after 53 years on the job.

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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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Chief judge says funding plan still not in place

An article posted on March 2 by the Daily Report Online reports concerns by Chief Judge Gail Tusan of the Fulton County, Ga., Superior Court that a funding agreement is still not in place to support a pretrial services program and still meet mandated expenses, such as paying for court reporters’ transcripts.

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NCRA members help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act


Jana Colter holds the Captioning Matters banner

On June 13, NCRA members Jana B. Colter, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Louisville, Ky., and Kerry Anderson, RPR, Atlanta, Ga., participated in the ADA25 Georgia Legacy Parade celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Colter, a captioner who also serves as co-chair of NCRA’s Broadcast and CART Captioning Committee, and Anderson, a CART provider and captioner who also serves as an NCRA Director, marched in the parade and carried a banner that read “Captioning Matters.” Both say that participating in the event not only celebrated 25 years of the ADA but also placed a greater awareness on the achievements the Act has provided for those living with disabilities.

JanaADA2The march ended with a celebratory presentation in a nearby park.

Colter said she became involved in the event as a result of her captioning for Brenda Brueggemann, a faculty member at the University of Louisville. Brueggemann currently serves as program chair for the 2015 Society for Disability Studies annual conference and is the group’s incoming president. She is also scheduled to lead the session, Composing Sound—A Workshop on Creative and Critical Thinking, during the 2015 NCRA Convention & Expo being held in New York City, July 31-Aug. 2.

Lawyer loses bid for free transcript copy, promises appeal

Jackie Patterson, a criminal defense lawyer in Georgia, lost his motion for a free copy of a digital transcript when Clayton County State Court Judge Morris Braswell denied his request. Braswell also denied Patterson’s request to use his own court reporter during the proceedings.

The debate centers on how new rules for the Judicial Council of Georgia will be interpreted and whether “a digital copy of the transcript at no charge” is issued before or after legal fees are paid, as well as who is responsible for those fees.

Patterson plans to file an emergency appeal without a transcript of the hearing.

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Lawyer says court reporter must give free e-transcript

Jackie Patterson, a defense attorney in Georgia, has made a motion to require the court reporter to provide a free digital copy of a criminal trial transcript. Patterson cited new rules of the Judicial Council of Georgia that affect transcripts ordered after Jan. 1, 2015. Patterson claims that the cost of transcripts “can effectively deny defendants the right to appeal.” Clayton County State Court Judge Morris Braswell will rule on the motion on April 22.

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Court reporter costs at issue in Georgia appeal of civil case

The Georgia Court of Appeals has ruled that a petitioner must be granted access to a hearing transcript even though she didn’t pay part of the court reporter costs, according to a March 21 article on ALM.com. The article explained that in a civil case, court reporting services are not always required, and the costs are often borne by the parties to the civil case. A party to a civil dispute does not have to help pay for the reporting services; however, that party may be left at a disadvantage without a transcript if the case is appealed.

The appeals court panel indicated that, in this case, the appellant had not met all of the technical requirements to indicate that she had waived her right to receive a copy of the transcript and, therefore, the appeals court reversed the lower court’s decision and granted the appellant access to a transcript.

The appeal results from a Cobb County custody dispute, Beringer v. Emory, No. A13A2077.

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