Court Reporting: An Attorneys Guide [Podcast]


The Florida Bar Podcast welcomed Christine Phipps of Phipps Reporting on their most recent episode of Court Reporting: An Attorneys Guide. Hosts Christine Bilbrey and Karla Eckardt talk with Phipps about her life as a long-time court reporter and well-known figure within the industry. No stranger to hard work and adjusting to a changing business landscape, Phipps knows the challenges that come with having to pivot in her life to remain successful.

In this podcast episode, Christine talks about working as a court reporter in Florida, from how the legislature defines court reporting to the fees associated with the profession. Christine also discusses the processes that a court reporter follows, from taking down the spoken word to the importance of remaining impartial during trials. Christine’s many experiences in this industry give her a unique perspective on how the court reporting and captioning industry is adapting to pandemic-related challenges and what she believes is next for the industry.

6:23: Christine talks about the challenges of going to school and the development and practice of becoming a proficient court reporter.

8:35: Christine talks about certifications and how this process is lacking in Florida.

11:00: Christine identifies and discusses how the Florida Legislature defines court reporting.

14:00: Christine discusses how the legal community changes things for the better.

16:15: Christine identifies when and why court reporters are needed in Florida.

19:48: Christine discusses and defines real-time court reporting.

21:02-24:13: Christine discusses the fees associated with court reporting, who orders the transcripts, and if and where they are printed.

24:44-28:40: Christine discusses how the booking process for a court reporter works and the ins and outs of the process of who pays for the process and the costs associated with the process.

28:59: Christine talks about how video depositions work and the best ways to cover projects.

32:35: Christine discusses the intricacies of the court reporter keyboard that is used for court proceedings and the different types of theories “dialects and languages.”

35:43: Defines   and what they do within the industry and how two people looking at something produces a better product.

39:07-43:14: Christine discusses the challenges of interpreting a different language while also preparing a deposition.

44:00: Christine discusses how to seal the record and the process of opening a sealed deposition.

45:24-46:44: Christine mentions that it is the court reporter’s duty to speak up if needed. The court reporter should interrupt or put their comments into the record if there are any issues.

47:05-48:05: A court reporter needs to learn how to speak up, and do so tactfully but without emotion that could sway the jury.

49:05-53:49: Christine talks about her personal and her company’s certifications requirements for ethics and training. She also discusses how these certifications work within the Florida system and what lawyers can do to request a certified court reporter.

54:28: Christine talks about remote depositions and how the pandemic forced everyone to pivot.

58:05-1:04: Christine discusses the best practices and solutions for making Zoom simpler and how her court reporters use zoom while working with lawyers.

1:04: Christine discusses the NCRA’s event that happens with court reporting and captioning week and how they try to get the word out.

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