Just got my first private client and I'm looking to find out what the agencies use to bind their transcripts. I'm looking to make this as professional as possible and I have heard that VeloBind may be the way to go, however, someone mentioned to me that it may not be admissible in court. Any insights into this? I'm located in NY. Is there a reason that I should or should not use VeloBind? Does anyone know if any of the larger firms are using this and if not what do they use? Any help would be much appreciated.


Thanks in advance,



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Comment by Naola "Sam" Vaughn on June 23, 2011 at 20:21
I used a Velobind machine for several years because the original thought by the gentleman who I purchased the firm from was that it prevents attorneys from copying transcripts - not.  Most firms in most states that I have worked in use the 3-hole fastener binders.  They're actually cheaper than Velobinding.  I received a lot of complaints from the attorneys about the Velobind binders because they had to copy pages for an expert (now everything's electronic) and they didn't like having to take the Velobind transcripts apart.  Many firms/attorneys take the bound transcripts apart anyway and put them in their own notebooks (3-ring binders or 2-hole punch at the top type binders) and keep all depos in a case together.  Just depends on the attorney/firm and their practice.  I would opt for the 3-fastener binder personally.  You can have your name printed on them for about what it costs for Velobind supplies without your name.
Comment by Karla Baez, RPR, CRR, CSR 4506 on June 21, 2011 at 19:49
I have used the same velobind machine for over ten years.  It's a work horse.  It's never broken down and I've never had a problem with it.   I'm in the freelance depo field.
Comment by Deborah Morin on May 18, 2011 at 9:22

When I was in Federal court the preferred binding method was to use the 3-hole fasteners report covers.  Out in the depo arena, I'd say 90% of the agencies use the VeloBind method.  If you buy the right model, you can bind up to 300 pages.  I've had rotten luck with the VeloBind machines because they always break down and the time consumption it takes to punch the holes.  I've found it much easier to buy 3-hole punched paper and use the fastener report cover method for all my client transcripts.  They don't mind.  I've never seen anything mentioned in any codes about method of binding.   There are tons of other binding methods, but none as good as Velo or the fastener method because the others involve expensive binding combs, etc., or are limited to transcript size of 2 inches.  Food for thought!


Comment by Mary Jo Cochran on May 9, 2011 at 13:11
Go to the website for Pengad and see what they have.

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