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Started by kathy - iamwrdsmth Aug 12, 2013.

Strike that 1 Reply

Started by Kyung. Last reply by kathy - iamwrdsmth Oct 26, 2009.

Case cite formats - is this correct 1 Reply

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Comment by Lori Byrd on July 10, 2014 at 10:13

I just re-joined the officialship ranks, here in my home state of Kansas, and find that the legislature is putting out an effort to get rid of officials.  I've been in the freelance world for the last 25 years, and have found that realtime has saved my job, and my profession.  What about you?  I know the pay isn't as great in an officialship, but the perks are good, and I'm just wondering if anyone has come up against this same problem of possible extinction within a state or commonwealth here in the U.S.

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Comment by kathy - iamwrdsmth on January 8, 2010 at 19:54
at the top my my transcripts underneath the date and
location, I put a blurb:

(Whereupon the following proceedings were had in open court:)

when an atty requests a portion of the transcript,I
modify the blurb to:

(Whereupon the following portion of the entire day's proceedings were had in open court and were requested to produced by the Petitioner's Attorney.)

longer blurb at the top than usual, but it explains
everything. on the cover page, I put under the
date and judge's name
Testimony of Dr. Stark

and on the certificate page, I put in that paragraph
nobody ever reads: I use the word "partial" instead of "full"

Comment by kathy - iamwrdsmth on November 27, 2009 at 8:42
it's my understanding that occasionally you will need to
transcribe the pleas, so you must use the defendants'
names. Sorry, that your judge does this and it is confusing
to you. check with the clerk, perhaps she can help you
keep the names straight and perhaps solve some of the
difficulties you might have in court.
good luck, keep us informed, I'm always interesting in
how other courtrooms function!
kathy hettick
Comment by Kyung on November 24, 2009 at 15:40
It drives me crazy when the judge does this. It's even crazier when you have two translators for multiple defendants.

I usually list them
Defendant Doe: Yes
Defendant John: Yes
Defendant Jane: Yes.

Pray and hope they all say yes or no. If one decides to say no, and the rest say yes, then I have to ask which defendant is saying no. Such a pain. It makes for a very confusing transcript.
Comment by Tori Pittman on November 7, 2009 at 10:02
HELP! Somebody, somewhere (in SC) posted about talking to an NC official... I can't find the link or anything. If you can see this - you know who you are - email me through CSRnation or at my regular address at

Comment by kathy - iamwrdsmth on October 27, 2009 at 16:08
I think it was in 2001 or 2002 when I
was informed by my depo agency that
the court reporters board announced that
electronic saving of notes is acceptable.
I remember that well, because I got to
throw out all my old paper notes!! no
more saving!!! WooHoo!

ck with the CSR board in california.

kathy hettick
orange county, california
Comment by Sue Holthaus on October 27, 2009 at 11:25
Thanks, Trina,
Believe it or not, there is a local rule that mandates we must have paper notes. We're having the union legal look at it to see if the GC trumps the local rule. Sad, isn't it.
Comment by Brenda L Schmelz on October 26, 2009 at 18:55

I would suggest that the best argument would be money. The cost of storing all those paper notes; the cost of buying all that paper!!

I am an official in Missouri and have been paperless since 2003. I have an external hard drive that I keep at the courthouse and one that I keep at my house. I back everything (notes, finished transcripts, audio) to BOTH externals hard drives (cost: app. $100/each). At this point, I still have only filled up approximate 50 percent of each drive. So the cost is minimal. They don't take up any space to speak of.

And I bet that I'm more readily capable of going back to one of these backups and preparing a transcript than I would be of going back to paper notes that are stored in a basement somewhere.

I believe there are even courts that require their reporter to deposit their electronic notes in a central depository with the court system. I'll admit that if I had to do that I would still keep my own copy (and maybe still keep two copies) because I wouldn't necessarily trust them. Go figure!

My thoughts for what they're worth!

Comment by kathy - iamwrdsmth on October 26, 2009 at 12:41
Sue Holthaus,
you mjight check with Orange County,
California courts, we are being forced
to go paperless.
the court system will no longer supply
paper. if we want to use paper, we have
to buy our own, and of course, the court
will 'store' the notes for us.

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