Neesons has had a busy year so far, from an acquisition by Veritext Legal Solutions, to hosting a Fireside Chat, to sponsoring a myriad of social gatherings in the litigation community.
For years, most of Canada has experienced a decline in shorthand reporters who have always been the recognized guardians of the record. As Canada's premier court reporting firm, responding to this crisis was identified as a top priority in 2017.
Neesons was the firm of choice to provide realtime, rough draft and certified transcripts in the Robinson-Huron and Robinson-Superior Annuities trial held over the last several months in Northern Ontario. The case is a first of its kind, involving the interpretation of the annuity clause in treaties dating back to 1850.
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Conducting a deposition in Toronto, or any other Canadian jurisdiction, requires a little planning in advance. Canadian protocol is not exactly the same as American, and it's important to choose a court reporting company that can provide the services you need.
In our business, we often give court reporters – who report the proceedings and prepare the transcript – and transcriptionists – who type recordings – opportunities to provide services on a “look-see” basis. In other words, while a resume may read very well, we want to ensure the services they can produce an excellent record to the best of their ability; and in the case of a transcriptionist, that they can produce a quality product with the quality of the audio always top of mind.
Now that the court reporter has been replaced by a monitor taking basic notes in the courtroom, counsel must be even more vigilant about the record if they want to ensure a good appeal transcript or one that can be used in cross-examination.
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...