So I've been looking around for a new court reporting service, and someone mentioned Downtown Reporting.
Anyone have any intel?
Downtown Reporting, LLC, has offices in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. Its business is the transcription of legal proceedings in both civil and criminal cases, ranging from depositions taken outside the courtroom to hearings and trial proceedings held in court. The company is one of several court reporting companies that have contracts with the State of Florida to serve as “official reporters” for all proceedings in the criminal division of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit comprising Miami-Dade County. Downtown Reporting is not an “official reporter” in Broward County. The order to show cause in this case concerns Downtown Reporting’s disregard of orders of this Court and lack of diligence in timely producing transcripts in cases arising out of the criminal courts of Miami- Dade County, now on appeal in this Court.Judge Shepherd delivers a true, old-fashioned benchslap -- this is a must read.
I also like this part:
According to Ms. Kelly Kearson, the Court Reporting Service Department of the Administrative Office of the Courts has no procedure in place to attempt to monitor the performance of the court reporting firms it hires to service in the criminal division of the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit. The management practice of the Department in this regard was perplexingly described to the court by Ms. Kelly Kearson as “reactive,” initiated in the usual case by a complaint by a trial judge of the service he or she was receiving.No oversight or review of any kind of a government contract?
Welcome to Miami-Dade County!