During this unprecedented time of dealing with COVID-19, we are receiving questions from clients about what they can do to question a witness. Many people do not want to meet and remain in the safety of their trusted office space or remaining at home.
The solution is something that Independent Reporters can assist you with – Remote Questioning. For the time during the COVID-19 outbreak, Independent Reporters will waive our normal video connection fees for these services.
What do you need to do? First, discuss with the parties that you will arrange a remote questioning using the IR Connect service. Then call us, let us know the dates you need and the parties that will need to be in attendance. This will include other counsel and the witness(es) if they will also be remote.
What equipment do you need? If you have videoconferencing services at your office, we will work with your IT department to ensure connectivity is not a problem.
If you don’t have any systems in place at your office, no problem. We can provide an encrypted link that will allow you to use your computer, laptop or tablet. You will just need to make sure you have a webcam and speakers. Other parties will need the same.
What platforms will this work with? We can work with operating systems that include Windows, macOS, Linux, Chromebooks and Android. Our systems also allow for connecting other parties and witnesses with their own devices. This includes desktop PCs, laptops, tablets or smartphones.
What are the costs of these additional services? There will be no fees billed during the time of the outbreak. We will also waive any fees related to bridging services to connect older proprietary systems.
Why use IR Connect over something I have on my personal computer? IR Connect uses broadcast-grade services and encryption. These systems are designed for business and are typically point-to-point versus sharing resources on consumer platforms.
Where will the court reporter be? Our court reporters can still attend at one of the locations if that is preferred. However, we understand the desire for everyone to minimize contact and, if preferred, the court reporting services will also be provided remotely. Your court reporter will also be on video and take down the testimony as they normally would.
Contact us to learn more or book online to arrange court reporting services for your upcoming discoveries.
Setting Up Court Reporting Services in Calgary and Edmonton Just Got Easier!
You’re busy. You’ve just finished setting up all the parties and agreed upon dates, times and everything else that goes along with scheduling the deposition of a witness.
Now, the next step, scheduling the court reporter in Calgary or Edmonton. Do you call Independent Reporters or go online and use their traditional scheduling page? Doing the latter will mean you now need to re-type all the details you already laid out in the appointment form.
What if there was an easier way? What if you could book court reporting services for this questioning in 4 easy steps and be finished that task in about 30 seconds? Not possible, right?
Is It Possible To Speed Up The Time It Takes To Schedule A Court Reporter?
Well, yes, now it is possible! How? Simply use our new Quick Book by IR form and you will be on to all the rest of the things you have to deal with in your day. Using this form could not be easier. Enter your name, email, phone number, then click the icon to attach the appoint form or deposition notice, then submit. Just like that, it is on the way to us. Once we receive your scheduling request we will use that information, input the details and provide you with confirmation back by email, usually within an hour.
And remember, all online bookings received by Independent Reporters means that we will send $1 to the Humane Society in either Calgary of Edmonton. We’re always looking to donate more than we did in the previous year so help us to help the animals. Schedule your upcoming court reporting services online and help us to add to the amount of donation at the end of the year.
Of course, you can still schedule services by phone – Contact Us – or by using our traditional Online Booking Form. But to save more time, why not try Quick Book by IR? Click here to try it today. We think you will like it!
Setting Up Court Reporting Services in Calgary and Edmonton Just Got Easier! You're busy. You've just finished setting up all the parties and agreed upon dates, times and everything else that goes along with scheduling the deposition of a witness. Now, the next step,...
We want to thank our clients as we near the end of 2019. It is also a great time to reflect on this past year, and decade, and think of the wonderful experiences we have enjoyed in providing court reporting services to our clients in Calgary and Edmonton. The growth...
Need a boardroom in Edmonton to depose a witness? We know it can be distracting to depose a witness with this view! But when you need to use our boardrooms in Edmonton, they are available complimentary when you schedule a court reporter for your upcoming discovery,...
Court Reporter Word Fun - Palindromes As court reporters, transcripts and words are the core of what we provide for clients. Knowledge of words, and their meaning, is a significant part of ensuring accurate creation of transcripts for discoveries, depositions, trials...
The iHuman Youth Society is a wonderful group that works with traumatized youth who live in high-risk lifestyles. The team at iHuman works with these young people to help them find their creativity and a sense of belonging in society. This year the Edmonton office of...
Effective August 1, 2017, Edmonton Independent Reporters (IR) will move to our new premises located at: 730, 9707 110 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5K 2L9 Phone numbers remain the same The new facilities will provide clients with modern amenities and enhanced services in a...
We want to thank our clients as we near the end of 2019. It is also a great time to reflect on this past year, and decade, and think of the wonderful experiences we have enjoyed in providing court reporting services to our clients in Calgary and Edmonton. The growth we enjoyed, the legal services delivered to clients and the challenges we accepted are all part doing what we have done this past year.
Entering 2020 will bring new and exciting challenges. Additions of technology will further enhance our court reporters to be tasked with new challenges they will face in the legal field. Technology is something that has always been embraced here at Calgary and Edmonton Independent Reporters.
Some of the things Independent Reporters (IR) will continue to do is to give back to or communities and those that are not as fortunate as we are. Being a locally-owned company and making our home here in Alberta, we see the struggles Albertans continue to face each day. While we are still providing some thank-you’s to our client for their patronage, IR feels even stronger about making sure other groups in our province also have extra for them to continue providing services to those that need it more.
Our donations this year are made to the groups below. We encourage you to learn more about these groups that we support. You can click on the names below and you will be forwarded to their websites.
We know it can be distracting to depose a witness with this view! But when you need to use our boardrooms in Edmonton, they are available complimentary when you schedule a court reporter for your upcoming discovery, deposition, video conference or legal video requirements.
Spacious, modern, technologically equipped and WiFi available, our caring staff will make sure to make sure you have everything you need when hosting your next discovery.
Add-in a professional team of court reporters in Edmonton for 30 years, Independent Reporters is your best choice when scheduling court reporting services.
Great facilities, excellent court reporters, and amazing views are all part of the services provided in our Edmonton office. Click to Book Now or use our Contact Page to call us for more information.
As court reporters, transcripts and words are the core of what we provide for clients. Knowledge of words, and their meaning, is a significant part of ensuring accurate creation of transcripts for discoveries, depositions, trials and hearings. The better we understand the meanings of words, the easier it makes our jobs.
That’s why we are always fascinated with words, or word games. Take for example, palindromes. Palindromes are character-units that read the same backward as forward.
Palindromes is derived from the Greek words, “palin,” meaning again, and “drom” – from “dramien,” meaning, to run.
Now here are some examples. Many of these you will say, Geez, I should have been able to guess a bunch of these without seeing them. But just for fun, here they are.
Racecar – bet you didn’t guess that as one of your words to start!
Civic – relating to a city or town, especially its administration.
Deified – to treat or worship.
Level – pretty self explanatory.
Lemel – a small shaving of metal, such as gold or silver. Usually used relating to jewellery.
Madam – used to address or refer to a woman in a polite, formal, or respective way.
Minim – measurement used to describe one drop of liquid.
Murdrum – is the act of killing someone unknown. The act is very secretive.
Mom – OK, too easy! We should all know this one!
Noon – this one is pretty easy as well.
Radar – system that sends out pulses to detect distance, speed and direction of objects.
Refer – to mention or allude to something. A few other meanings also include to pass a matter along to someone else or a source of information.
Repaper – apply new wallpaper to a room/wall.
Rotator – a thing which rotates or causes something to rotate.
Rotavator – farmers and gardeners will know this, it’s an alternate name for a rotary tiller.
Sagas – a fancy name for a long story.
Solos – depending on the sentence it could relate to musical passages by a performer or an unaccompanied journey by someone travelling on their own.
Tenet – a belief, principle, or opinion.
Wow – as in, Wow, I should have known a bunch of these words on this list!
Independent Reporters provides court reporting services in Calgary and Edmonton for litigators. Our sole objective is to ensure legal clients receive reliable transcript services for questionings, discoveries, hearings, depositions or arbitrations.
The iHuman Youth Society is a wonderful group that works with traumatized youth who live in high-risk lifestyles. The team at iHuman works with these young people to help them find their creativity and a sense of belonging in society.
This year the Edmonton office of Independent Reporters is partnering with this great organization and sponsoring the Candy Bar at the Kick It Up 2018 event being help on May 9, 2018, at the ATB Arts Barn. Click here to learn more about this fantastic event and get your tickets to this years festivities. And when you’re there, make sure to stop by, meet some of our team, and fill up on the assortment of candy we will have available!
Learn more about iHuman and all the work they do by visiting their website – http://ihuman.org/about/
Each year the team at Independent Reporters gives back to the community. Usually our main drive is at Christmas, but we know that many organizations need useful items all year.
With that in mind, our team of court reporters and staff gave back in a different way this year. Instead of just one season, we spread it down over the entire year. From clothing to food donations to fresh vegetables and fruit from our gardens, the team at IR provided various items throughout 2017. Here’s what we gave back to various organizations:
– 150 pairs of socks
– 50 pairs of underwear
– 20 T-Shirts
– 5 pairs of shoes
– 2 jackets
– 20 pairs of children’s socks
– 20 pairs of children’s underwear
– 30 children’s shirts
– 30 toothbrushes
– 30 tubes of toothpaste
– 20 bottles shampoo
– 20 bottles conditioner
Edmonton Food Bank
– 75 cans of soup
– 30 cans of pork & beans
– 40 boxes Kraft dinner
– 25 jars spaghetti sauce
– 50 lbs of pasta
Meals on Wheels Over 500 lbs of fresh produce from the gardens of our staff which included tomatoes, zuchinni, cucumbers, carrots and raspberries.
Now that we’re seeing some really nice, hot weather, one thing to keep in mind is if you’re travelling with your pets in your vehicle. The Calgary Humane Society has a great article on things to keep in mind if you leave your pet in your car. And remember, they are using temperatures of 26 celcius. This week we are expecting 30+, so these numbers increase that much more.
My Human is Zack (Manager, Client Services)
Not only is it cruel to leave your pet in a parked vehicle in these temperatures, worst-case scenario could also leave you with some legal issues, fines, or even criminal charges. So, be smart, read this article, and then have a better understanding of what you should and should not do.
Did you know that Independent Reporters provides donations to both the Calgary Humane Society and the Edmonton Humane Society. Each year we track the number of online bookings our clients make through our web site and donate $1 for each day clients schedule court reporting services. Next time you are looking to book a court reporter, do keep us in mind and book online. That way we can continue to provide yearly support to these two great Humane Societies!
Effective August 1, 2017, Edmonton Independent Reporters (IR) will move to our new premises located at:
730, 9707 110 Street NW Edmonton, AB T5K 2L9
Phone numbers remain the same
The new facilities will provide clients with modern amenities and enhanced services in a very comfortable environment.
Getting to our new office is easier as well. Located in the Government District, this will provide easier access to clients coming from the downtown core. Underground paid parking as well as street and surface parking are easily accessible. And to make it even easier, clients can take the LRT and have a short walk from the Grandin LRT Station to our new building.
Updated access for clients with enhanced video and realtime court reporting services will be just some of the added improvements that will benefit litigators when they host services in our new Edmonton office. The team of experienced and professional court reporters we continue to provide to litigation counsel in Edmonton will continue to provide top-notch services as we always have.
It’s been a while, but both our Alberta NHL teams, the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers, are in the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs!
For both our offices, this means a bit of a rivalry. Although they are not playing against each other – yet – it does mean that the trash talking will begin as each game is played and each team wins or loses.
The best part, should both our teams move out of the first round and continue on to the second, they will face each other. This means the Battle of Alberta will once again happen and bring on one of the best rivalries in hockey. We all remember from the past just how much each city hates the other’s team, so much is being hoped for in both the Oilers and Flames advancing to face-off against each other as they have in the past.
All of us here at Calgary and Edmonton Independent Reporters will be very excited to see this happen and see whose team will get bragging rights over the other.
With many people travelling to Calgary for depositions hosted in our Calgary offices, or major law firms, the next question that is always asked after scheduling court reporting services – Where should I stay?
Now you can easily see which hotels are located close to our office, or choose your favourite brand from the list of hotels here.
Calgary is a vibrant city and, business-wise, best known for being the leader in the energy industry in Canada. Most of the head offices for companies in the oil and gas industry call Calgary home.
Think about scheduling your visit before or after the weekend so that you can take an extra day or two to see what else our area has to offer. Banff National Park, a worldwide tourist destination, is just over an hour away from downtown Calgary and offers some of the most breathtaking scenery anywhere on this planet. Just ask any of our team and we will be happy to point you in the direction you may want to head and explore.
Calgary Independent Reporters will be moving our office as of the end of November, 2016. Renovations of our new facilities are nearly complete and we are very excited to host clients once everything is complete. Our new address is 228, 404 6 Avenue SW.
The new offices are more centrally located and are closer to major hotels in downtown Calgary. Once the work is all completed the new space will provide clients with larger boardrooms and enhanced technologies to provide even more court reporting and legal services with ease. From modern and ergonomic seating in our boardrooms to full technical integration of discovery services, the new offices will provide clients with new levels of comfort and ease of accessing services provided by our court reporters.
IR is also updating our video conferencing systems in the new office. We made the move last year to HD, but the new boardrooms will feature even better video quality. Our main boardroom will now boast a 108″ screen to provide a feeling of truly “being there” even though you have not left Calgary.
We’re almost there! Once we have the new furniture arrives we will provide pictures of our new space.
We look forward to hosting our Calgary clients as well as our out-of-town clients in our new facilities very soon. If you need to schedule services you can use our online booking form – https://indreporters.com/book-online/
As of today, when you call Independent Reporters, you will be greeted by our automated phone attendant and given three options on what you would like to do. This will make it easier for you to directed right to the person that coordinates the services that you wish to schedule. With having offices in both Calgary and Edmonton, some things were a bit redundant and we needed to streamline things for our clients. For example, our Edmonton office coordinates all reporter scheduling while the Calgary office coordinates all matters technical. Introducing the new phone system will route our clients right to the person that you need to speak with and provide more immediate service for your requests.
Pressing 1 will likely be the main option you will use. This will take you directly to our staff who will schedule your upcoming court reporting and video conferencing service requests. This is also the same team that can assist you with any transcript questions.
Pressing 3will take you to the person best able to help you with any technical support areas for video conferencing and legal video services.
While out of order here in the list, pressing 2takes you to the staff members that handle and coordinate CART and captioning services for clients. For our legal clients, this is best used when you have a hard-of-hearing person that needs realtime accessibility in a proceeding.
After updating our web site this past fall, we had some occasional issues with the online booking form not working correctly. We have done a major overhaul to what we had and, we are happy to say, that the online booking for is now fixed, updated, and easier to use than before.
Now when you schedule court reporters in either Calgary or Edmonton, the form is quicker for you to use. We’ve also added a much simpler way to pick dates from an online calendar which now includes a start and end date for the booking.
After you have entered the information, a detailed confirmation is now sent to you after you click on the Submit button. Previously you just received a message that the scheduling information was sent. As usual, our office will also send an official confirmation so that you know it has been inputted and you will have a court reporter for the day(s) you requested.
One last thing we want to make sure you know about, for every online booking that you schedule through IR, we provide a $1.00 donation to the Humane Society in the city that you schedule services. In 2015 our clients scheduled 396 online bookings through the IR web site, so we rounded-up and provided the Humane Societies with $400. The more you schedule online, the more we will send next year!