Wednesday, August 27, 2014

3d DCA Watch -- Bring Me the Head of Downtown Reporting!



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!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Happy Hump Day, SFL.

Anonymous said...

Time for a name change.

Anonymous said...

@1:41,
Happy Wednesday?

Happy Middle of the Week?

Anonymous said...

What's the name of the case? When is it set to occur?

Anonymous said...

Coveted ATL link!

http://abovethelaw.com/2014/08/bench-berates-contemptuous-court-reporters-over-tardy-transcripts/#more-338506

Steve Hubbard said...

The end is nearing for steno reporters in the courts as few are entering the business, some tht do are in fct incompetent, most are professionals, but when this industry reads appalling news like this, along with the many other criticisms in he press about failures of stenographic reporting, no doubt these disturbing events only push the judiciary and administrations of the courts everywhere to adopt and install superior digital recording systems where lawyers, judge and witnesses wear lapel mics or expensive wireless Bluetooth mics to capture every utterance and spilt the audio in several segments to be shared by several proven typists and turn in a timely transcript where all segments are coordinated by one manager for efficiency and consistency in spellings and other administrative obligations. Mind you ASR, automatic speech recognition is just around the corner.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you just say you were a steno that couldn't cut it. Your reputation is known everywhere. There are good and bad lawyers, doctors and garbage collectors. This isn't about court reporting, it is about bad management and no oversight. That creates havoc in any business. Don't malign the whole industry when you have a hidden agenda. Have a good evening.