"Successful Freelance Court Reporting" discusses the mechanics of freelance court reporting in a knowledgeable, easy to understand manner. It is an invaluable and informative guide for the student, as well as anyone considering or preparing for a freelance court-reporting career. Written by a seasoned professional, the book offers a variety of personal anecdotes and shares valuable "lessons from the field." From choosing the right court reporting school, to interviewing for freelance positions, to preparing transcripts, this book provides a comprehensive look at what it takes to become a successful freelance court reporter.
Everything in this book actually happened - in the courtrooms across the country and in the judge’s chambers associated with these courts. Whether or not the incidents described in each trial were true was up to a jury to decide. Even though the private discussions between judges and attorneys are kept from the juries, they aren't kept from the reader in this book. You will be joining them in the judges' chambers and eavesdropping on them in their asides during the trials to help you form what might possibly be a different reaction than the jury's.
Have you ever wondered what to do in situations that happen during various proceedings from hearings to depositions? What beginning and end pages do you use? What do you do with the exhibits? When you're a new reporter, especially, you may be terrified if something out of the ordinary happens. This book attempts to provide answers to questions I receive frequently from court reporters about a variety of topics from how to correctly fill out a jobsheet to how to handle a particular type of situation to where to find information on something. This is a how-to manual for new and old reporters alike. Watch for an upcoming summer of 2010 workshop near you.
Fannie Smith began her court reporting career in Chicago. Soon she moved back to Minneapolis, near family. There she freelanced, working in the court system as a substitute and covering most of the conventions and business meetings in the area. The last 18 years, she was an official for the first judicial district working for Judge Robert J. Breunig. The area was rural, and became urban, bordering the south and west Twin Cities. In 1967, we were four judges and 4 court reporters. When I retired in 1985, there were near 30. Today the number has more than doubled. District, county and city judges became the same and rotated throughout the courts of the district. In the 1970's court reporters became a "pool" answering to a court administrator at the convenience of the court system. Fannie Smith was an early machine writer - never saw one in Chicago - second in Minnesota - in a world of pen writing court reporters who tolerated, or "feared" the female machine writer. In 1985, Fannie retired with her husband, Maynard, of 50 years. Together they spend about half of their time either in Milaca, Minnesota and in Sun City, Arizona. She's been writing family histories, and has published on the Internet The Record Never Forgets 2nd Edition, History of Court Reporting and Shorthand; and a book of historical fiction; Opportunity 1850 about the emigration of four farm brothers from Europe who realized their American dream.
Court Reporting in Australia, first published in 2005, uses the experience of reporters and subeditors to present a practical view of reporting on the legal system. Peter Gregory avoids the rigid fashion in which media law matters are usually described and, while he covers such vital areas as defamation and contempt, he focuses on the experiences and lessons to be learned from court reporters on the job. He highlights the problems and common mistakes likely to land journalists and media organisations in trouble. It features information and realistic advice from court reporters working for metropolitan media outlets as well as revealing how they perform their daily tasks; for example, preparing television news reports when no pictures and no story are available. Practical and useful as well as theoretical: no one who reports on legal matters can afford to be without this book.
a tough and fearless memoir of the cases that have shocked, moved and never left us.
Author: Jamelle Wells
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Category: True Crime
From true crime to petty crime - this is the memoir of one of Australia's most experienced court reporters. As a seasoned court reporter, the ABC's Jamelle Wells has filed thousands of stories on murderers, sex offenders, thieves, bad drivers, family feuds and business deals gone wrong. In more than 10 years, Jamelle has witnessed many of Australia's most notorious and high-profile court cases. In the line of duty, she has sat next to criminals and their families, been chased, spat on, stalked and carted off by ambulance for emergency surgery after an accident outside ICAC. Every day in courts across Australia the evidence, facts and theories are played out in a kind of theatre, with their own characters, costumes and traditions. But ever-present is the human tragedy of ordinary people's lives disrupted, destroyed and forever altered. The judges, the lawyers and barristers, the witnesses and the victims -- all striving to play their part in the quest for fairness, justice and always, the truth of what really happened. From the calculated and cruel, to the unfair and unlucky, from pure evil to plain stupid -- Jamelle Wells has seen it all. The Court Reporter is a tough and fearless journalist's memoir that looks at the cases that have shocked, moved and never left us.
Lathan's guide can help witnesses and attorneys get through the deposition process easily and knowledgeably. She gives relevant information in plain English, points out pitfalls, reveals inside information about the procedure itself, and then shows how to function in an effective, informed, and confident way. (Legal Reference/Law)