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My Nine Tips to Pass the California Certified Shorthand Reporter Speed Test

The experts say that if you experience an event with emotion, you will remember that event forever. Taking the California Certified Shorthand Reporter speed test was an event I will never forget. I took the test in May of...more

Court Reporters and Legal Videographers – On and Off the Record – Federal Rules v. CA CCP

Court reporters and legal videographers need to know when to be on and off the record. The first thing the court reporter needs to know is what jurisdiction the deposition they are reporting falls under. Is it a California...more

Court Reporters And Legal Videographers – Outsourcing The Transcription Of Transcripts Offshore

Scrolling down through the stories in a court reporting industry Facebook page, I came across some dialogue between court reporters about depositions being offered at an extremely low cost with the use of only audio being...more

Freelance Court Reporters in Court

When I began my court reporting career in 1981, I was interning in criminal court and found myself face to face with alleged murderers, rapists, and angry people. One day I cried in front of a jury feeling empathetic towards...more

Rosalie’s Perfect So Cal Stip – Re: California Code Of Civil Procedure 2025.520

For a witness that is represented by counsel: We will stipulate that the court reporter may be relieved of her duties under the code; that she will forward the original transcript to witness’ counsel for...more

Court Reporters, Attorneys, and Interpreters – Best Practices

Court Reporters: When working with interpreters, court reporters have certain added responsibilities, and there are best practices that a court reporter can adopt to be more efficient. The first duty the court reporter has...more

Great Court Reporters = Impeccability

I attended the STAR conference in Washington DC this month, and one of the speakers was Steve Dorfman who spoke on impeccability as it pertains to court reporters. Impeccability is defined, “An expression of the highest...more

Court Reporters – FINRA Arbitration – Rule 12606

My firm recently stenographically reported a two-week FINRA arbitration in Boston. Typically, there is no court reporter present for FINRA arbitrations. The official record is a simple cassette tape recorder that is turned...more

California Court Reporters – Minimum Transcript Format Standards

Court reporters in the State of California have minimum transcript rules that California Certified Shorthand Reporters must adhere to as regulated by the Court Reporters Board of California. Over the years I have heard...more

Court Reporters – Marking An Exhibit After a Deposition Finishes

A young court reporter asked me this week what I would do if a deposition ends, and then one of the attorneys says, “Oh, I have the doctor’s CV that I forgot to mark as an exhibit....more

San Diego Superior Court – “Court Approved” Court Reporters – Choosing the Right Court Reporter

As I have written about in past posts, the San Diego Superior Court has laid off all civil litigation court reporters. Attorneys need to make arrangements to bring in their own court reporter for hearings and trials....more

Court Reporters – California CCP Section 2025.32(c) – What if an attorney asks you to characterize the demeanor of a person at a...

The job of the court reporter is to take down every word that is said while parties are on the record. Invariably, at sometime in our careers we are asked by an attorney or percipient person to sign a declaration or write a...more

Court Reporters and Interpreters – Wonder if You Understand the Language and the Interpretation is Not Quite Right?

Court reporters are known to be “guardians of the record.” Our sanctified job is to write down the spoken words in a proceeding. We are not to characterize what is said. If someone asks after a deposition, “Was the...more

Fast Five - Rhode Island Appellate Practice: June 2013

This edition of the Fast Five on Rhode Island Appellate Practice features the final chapter of the case that is commonly known in Rhode Island as the “Lead Paint Case.” Two decisions issued by the Rhode Island Supreme Court...more

Court Reporters and Premarked Exhibits – What to do?

In a previous blog I wrote about basic marking of exhibits by court reporters at depositions, but as we all know, attorneys have different styles. Every so often an attorney will come to a deposition so very prepared with...more

Google Glass and Court Reporting

Last month I had the opportunity to meet Sergey Brin at Google HQ. My court reporting equipment was set up, including my pink Diamonte steno machine. Sergey walked in the room and made a beeline to my machine wearing his...more

Happy, Healthy Court Reporters – Health Initiative Bonanza

At our holiday party this year, I appointed Linda Pool, one of our great San Diego realtime court reporters, with the task of putting together a Health Initiative Bonanza Program for Kramm Court Reporting. The reason I chose...more

San Diego Pro Tem Court Reporters – Official Guide

SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO - GUIDE FOR OFFICIAL REPORTERS PRO TEMPORE - The San Diego Superior Court does not provide court reporters for certain proceedings (see Policy Regarding Normal ...more

Court Reporters And Legal Videographers – What To Do When Counsel Says “Off The Record”

Court reporters are the “guardians of the record.” The question is, when does the “record” start and stop? The answer might seem straightforward when a court reporter reads the Federal Rules or the California Code of...more

Should You Become a Court Reporter?

Some days I can’t believe I am so lucky to be a court reporter. If it weren’t for Ms. Garcia so many years ago while I was in high school letting me know I had a talent (typing fast), I wouldn’t get to experience the joy I...more

Court Reporters And Legal Videographers – Designation Of Transcripts

In complex litigation, and particularly trademark, patent litigation, court reporters often are asked to designate portions of transcripts as CONFIDENTIAL and/or ATTORNEYS’ EYES ONLY. The procedure to take out the...more

Court Reporter Working an Arbitration – Direct Examination or Cross-Examination?

I have been writing 250+ pages a day for the past week in a binding arbitration with three arbitrators. As a deposition reporter, I don’t do court work, and I don’t do a lot of arbitrations. The attorneys are calling...more

Why It Is Important To Be Early – Court Reporters And Legal Videographers

And the responsibility of a court reporter/legal videographer is not only to be on time, but to be 30 minutes/one hour early. The legal videographers I work with consistently arrive an hour early and start their setup. ...more

2012 Take-Aways As A Court Reporter

2012 was the year of the hot spot, new streaming software options, and briefing. Briefing: I was at the Mark Kislingbury seminar on “writing short” at the February Deposition Reporters Association of California...more

Nine Ways For Captioners, Cart Providers And Court Reporters To Relieve Stress

A court reporter’s job is to take down, verbatim, every word spoken for hours at a time, which can be a pain in the neck. I have written thousands of pages the last couple of weeks, all expedited, and my neck has a constant...more

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