Being a court reporting company in Canada we also provide deposition services to attorneys in the United States. One thing that someone reviewing a deposition transcript is the Canadian spellings of words versus how they are spelled in the U.S.
In Canada we primarily use British spellings, but some words may also incorporate U.S. spellings. American spelling of words were originally based off of the British spelling, but over time grammarists in the United States have made the words spelled more like they sound.
Well, Canadians don’t follow ALL British spelling rules, such as the two below:
gaol (British) jail (Canada/U.S.)
tyre (British) tire (Canada/U.S.)
However, in many other instances, Canadians do tend to use the spelling in the same manner as the British. In many ways this does help to offer some clarity when reading text in a transcript.
Here are two words in the sentences below that use Canadian/British spellings in a sentence:
The electric meter on the house is approximately 1.2 metres from ground level.
Let me check with the office to see if the cheque was mailed out to you.
In the first sentence, if this text was being produced by a court reporter in the U.S., the word, meter/metre, would be simply put in as meter. However, in Canada, we use different spellings for each. Meter – a device used to measure usage is different from metre, which is spelling used to measure distance. You can see how this actually helps to provide the reader with a better understanding of which meter refers to what form of measurement.
The second example is check and cheque. The word cheque refers to a form of payment while check refers to an action of confirmation.
Other words used in Canadian spellings that maintain the British rules are -our words, such as colour and neighbour. Also, words with -ing endings will double the “l”, such as travelling.
Court reporters with our firm maintain a listing of other unique words that are spelled using the Canadian/British spellings. Our go-to reference dictionary at Calgary/Edmonton Independent Reporters is the Canadian Oxford Dictionary. There is a great video on the Oxford Blog – British & American Spellings that provides even more information on differences in Canadian/British and U.S. spellings. Check it out and you will see why we spell words the way we do.
Now, the next time you receive a transcript from a court reporter in Canada and notice some different spellings, you will have a better understanding on why we spell some words just a little bit different than you.
Since it is Earth Day today, the question to us always comes up, Can a court reporting company be friendly to the environment? Yes, we can, and we are! Both Calgary and Edmonton Independent Reporters are Certified Green by the NNRC Green Commission.
People are curious to know how, in an industry that is very tied to paper transcripts, what was done to be a green company. Independent Reporters undertook the challenge of the NNRC Green Commission to meet their standards and become the first, and ONLY, court reporting company in Canada to be certified green! The management team at IR felt it was the right thing to do to reduce the impact we make on the environment. We know our industry creates a lot of waste, but by making changes in both our Calgary and Edmonton offices, we are doing our part to minimize our footprint on the planet.
What Did We Do To Go Green?
Here is a brief summary of some of the steps IR took to receive our Green Certification.
- Promote paperless transcripts
- Print all transcripts two-sided (have been since 1996)
- Use minimum 30% recycled paper for transcripts
- In-house recycling program for all recyclables
- Use electronic memos/emails instead of paper
- Turn off all non-essential equipment at night
- Use e-waste programs for all electronic disposal
- Replace computer equipment with Energy Star equipment
- Use recycled paper for letterhead and promo material
- Replace all office lighting with energy efficient lights
- Use power saving features on computers/printers
- Promote staff to work from home where possible
What are the benefits to our clients?
By using Independent Reporters for your court reporting services you can do help us to help the environment. When you place a Green Order you will receive a $15.00 credit on your invoice for each transcript that you order, plus there are also no delivery charges. Please note that if you were the examiner and ordered, then we will still need to deliver the original paper transcript to you for filing purposes. This will incur a delivery charge
Contact us to learn more first-hand about our green court reporting services.
Have you ever needed to look for court reporting services outside of the province of Alberta? If so, what do you do? A Google search? Perfect! But how do you know if the firm is reliable, professional and will provide you with the services you are accustomed to here in Alberta?
Schedule Court Reporting Services Worldwide With IR
Very simple! Just call IR!
Calgary/Edmonton Independent Reporters is part of the National Network of Reporting Companies, NNRC. Similar to legal networks such as Meritas or TagLaw, NNRC is a partnership of more than 50 independent court reporting companies in Canada, the United States, and Europe.
If you need to schedule a court reporter in Toronto, New York, Chicago, Miami or London, instead of doing an online search and trying to find a firm that is reputable, just contact IR instead. We will take all the guesswork out of the search hassle for you and personally arrange the court reporting services, legal video or realtime court reporting services you will need in the city you are travelling to. This way you deal with who you are used to using here at home, Independent Reporters.
The firms in the NNRC network are leading companies in their locations and provide excellent services. And once they are finished providing the transcript services, we can even arrange to handle all aspects of delivering the transcript to you.
No worries, no hassles, and it saves you time. Just think of us as your court reporting concierge!
You may have heard the words, “realtime court reporting services,” thrown around before, but what exactly is it? Let’s define this so that it is the clear definition for what a client would use, this being a lawyer in a discovery, deposition, members of a board hearing, or a judge in a trial.
Calgary & Edmonton Realtime Court Reporting Services
The simple description of realtime reporting services is the ability for a lawyer or attorney to be able to view the live testimony on a laptop or tablet as it is being written by a court reporter.
But let’s look a bit further at this and ask, Why would I use this? Why would I not just wait for the transcript to be delivered or just get a rough file at the end of the day? Do I need realtime services for my upcoming file?
Why use realtime court reporting services? Did you know that hearing, and reading, the answers from a witness provides better understanding of the testimony. This can help you to focus on what a witness may not be comprehending and continue to review that area further.
You can add a quick mark to the live evidence as it is being said, right on the screen. A quick mark is akin to adding a highlight mark to a page of the transcript to come back to later. This makes it easier for you to focus on the answers given instead of writing notes. You can also search these quick marks during the testimony or at a break to check on things that you may want to explore further.
IR generally suggests using realtime court reporting services for proceedings that are lengthy so that your evening preparation time is reduced or the examination has a matter of urgency associated with it, such as an application to the court the next day. This way you have all the information as it happens, live, instead of waiting until the end of the day to review a rough draft of the transcript or waiting longer for the certified transcript to be provided by the court reporter.
What do you need? Today, IR makes it so simple to use our realtime court reporting services. We currently have three of our court reporters that are set up to provide realtime at any discovery. They are equipped with iPads already loaded with software. Or, if you have your own laptop or tablet with you, you can easily connect to our own wireless connection with the reporter. Receive the access to our wireless router, open your browser, enter the URL your court reporter provides and in a moment you will have realtime streaming right to your own device. No software, no wires.
Want to learn more, have a demo, or a luncheon session with key staff? Contact IR at:
Calgary – 403.265.2550
Edmonton – 780.488.1464
Nationwide – 800.340.1352
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