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Using Zoom for Video Depositions

November 20, 2019 2:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Videoconferencing technology is a huge boon to the modern legal practice. Not only is it great for attorneys who need to work remotely, but it can also be used for video depositions, eliminating the need for clients or attorneys to travel as often. Although it’s always preferable to have a witness in the room for your deposition, clients and witnesses appreciate not having to schedule additional travel. Having a live video and audio feed is incredibly useful for everyone involved. At Bartelt | Nix Reporting, LLC, we love to work with videoconferencing clients. Our goal is to embrace technology and... View Article

Some Fun Facts About Court Reporting

November 6, 2019 2:36 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Court reporters have a difficult job: they’re trained to transcribe hundreds of words per minute in real time. This is impressive enough on its own, but when you consider that they’re required to stay focused no matter how interesting the proceedings become—or how dull they happen to be—these professionals can start to seem superhuman. Court reporters play an important function in legal proceedings. They help keep a written record of everything that’s said out loud in court so that the attorneys and judges involved can refer back to it later. While attorneys and judges get most of the credit for... View Article

Why Court Records Are Important Public Records

October 25, 2019 10:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Court reporting records in Phoenix, AZ are formed in real time and reflect a witness’ or party’s actual statement. There is no doubt that they are a vital part of court records. The Freedom of Information Act and various state information acts made these records public to encourage transparency and accountability. Here are four reasons why this is important and a vital part of our democratic system of government: Accountability: A secretive justice system is likely to be an ineffective one. There would be no deterrent effect in fair criminal sentences, but also no accountability if rulings are not in... View Article

The Court Reporter’s Role in Wrongful Termination Depositions

October 11, 2019 10:08 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The relatively recent spate of right-to-work laws has actually had a surprising effect on wrongful termination cases by increasing rather than reducing their number. Basically, by not being required to state specific reasons for termination, former employees find it easier to make discrimination claims. This often means court reporters are endlessly busy with workplace depositions in Phoenix, AZ. This is an important role, and here are five elements that define it: Accurately document company policy: A company’s policy is often the foundation of a wrongful termination defense. Employees may argue discrimination or ill treatment, but many employers argue that the... View Article

Why Should I Consider Recording My Arbitration?

September 21, 2019 2:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Not all legal proceedings require court reporters—but maybe they should. Court reporters are highly trained professionals who are sworn to provide a true, accurate and precise record of proceedings, including arbitrations. Arbitrations don’t require court reporters, and one will not be appointed to your case, but the smart lawyer will make sure they have a court reporter available. Why? Human memory is faulty, and notes taken during the proceedings are no substitute for a verbatim written record of everything that was said. In addition to making sure there’s clarity during the actual proceedings, it can help in case the parties... View Article