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Guantanamo court reporters to address convention

IL Staff
September 20, 2013
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Court reporters part of the “StenOps” team reporting the military tribunal hearings of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be among the featured speakers at the annual convention of the Indiana Shorthand Reporters Association Sept. 27-29.

Jim Connor, owner of Connor Reporting in Indianapolis, Lafayette and Bloomington, and Mike Miller and Susan Perry Miller, court reporters based in Texas, are the panelists for “Guantanamo Bay: Extreme Reporting.” They will discuss the process to assemble and qualify a team of court reporters to provide immediate copy of the trials at Naval Station Guantanamo.

Margie Wakeman Wells, a California-based court reporter, blogger and author of “Court Reporting: Bad Grammar/Good Punctuation,” will present the keynote address.

Training and a reception at Steward Richardson Deposition Services in Indianapolis Friday, Sept. 27, will open the event, which will continue Saturday and Sunday at the Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel, 11925 N. Meridian St., Carmel.

More information about the convention is available at http://www.insra.net/.

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  1. Why in the world would someone need a person to correct a transcript when a realtime court reporter could provide them with a transcript (rough draft) immediately?

  2. If the end result is to simply record the spoke word, then perhaps some day digital recording may eventually be the status quo. However, it is a shallow view to believe the professional court reporter's function is to simply report the spoken word and nothing else. There are many aspects to being a professional court reporter, and many aspects involved in producing a professional and accurate transcript. A properly trained professional steno court reporter has achieved a skill set in a field where the average dropout rate in court reporting schools across the nation is 80% due to the difficulty of mastering the necessary skills. To name just a few "extras" that a court reporter with proper training brings into a courtroom or a deposition suite; an understanding of legal procedure, technology specific to the legal profession, and an understanding of what is being said by the attorneys and litigants (which makes a huge difference in the quality of the transcript). As to contracting, or anti-contracting the argument is simple. The court reporter as governed by our ethical standards is to be the independent, unbiased individual in a deposition or courtroom setting. When one has entered into a contract with any party, insurance carrier, etc., then that reporter is no longer unbiased. I have been a court reporter for over 30 years and I echo Mr. Richardson's remarks that I too am here to serve.

  3. A competitive bid process is ethical and appropriate especially when dealing with government agencies and large corporations, but an ethical line is crossed when court reporters in Pittsburgh start charging exorbitant fees on opposing counsel. This fee shifting isn't just financially biased, it undermines the entire justice system, giving advantages to those that can afford litigation the most. It makes no sense.

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