April 18, 2012

Overcoming Fear

Recently I had the opportunity to do an hour and a half presentation at the National Court Reporters’ Association’s TechCon 2012 conference in Reston, Virginia. It was a real honour to be asked to present, and my topic was Realtime Internet Streaming, stemming from a large class action trial my firm reported over an 18-month period (Andersen et al v. St. Jude Medical, Inc. et al). It’s a pretty daunting task, speaking in front of your peers for that length of time, and it got me to thinking...

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April 02, 2012

One Tip for Becoming a Great Court Reporter

I’ve been preaching technology for years now, and as the world unfolds with voice recognition software, digital recording quality and the like, it’s never been clearer to me that a shorthand reporter’s biggest asset is their skillset to provide services like rough draft, realtime, internet streaming, transcripts for video syncing, and the provision of a large array of file formats. Those court reporters who continually educate themselves, who never stop learning – they’re also way ahead of the...

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January 20, 2012

Quality vs. Quantity: The art of speaking clearly for court reporters

Recently, a law clerk called the office to discuss a transcript. She was concerned about the way a couple of undertakings had been expressed in the transcript. (Undertakings is a term in Ontario which brings legal effect to a promise to do something on the record during Examinations for Discovery or Cross-Examinations, which are akin to Depositions in the US context).

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December 06, 2011

Court Reporting on the Andersen v. St. Jude Medical Trial

Neeson & Associates recently completed realtime streaming court reporting services on Canada’s longest-running class action trial, styled Andersen et al v. St. Jude Medical Inc. In 1997, St. Jude Medical began to coat the sewing rings of mechanical heart valves and annuloplasty rings with a product called Silzone®. This product was intended to reduce the risk of bacterial infection. However, by January 2000 a world-wide recall was announced by St. Jude, and by August 2000 the class action...

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November 18, 2011

How do court reporters do that?

As a court reporter I am asked many, many times, “How do you do that?”  And while I try to explain that writing live, voice-to-text realtime – where the spoken word is instantaneously translated into readable text via a trained shorthand court reporter (me), sophisticated software which contains my English dictionary, and a computer – is much like playing concert piano; a neuropsychologist, testifying in a U.S. Federal Court had this to say about the process of writing shorthand in regard to...

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November 01, 2011

Blakes LLP Highly Recommends Neeson

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June 27, 2011

Realtime captioning: A letter from Rosanna…

Neesons is well known for providing CART (communication access realtime translation) services throughout Canada, it being the largest service provider in the eastern part of our country.  Voice-to-text realtime translation is mostly commonly used to provide communication access for those with a hearing loss.

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