Well, we haven’t really been closed as our services were essential to the legal community, but since things are reopening, we want to let you know about the standards and protocols we will have in place at our Calgary and Edmonton offices. Independent Reporters will continue to provide remote court reporting services to our legal clients anywhere they may be working from in the province. Our services include providing court reporters for remote questioning, remote realtime court reporting services for trials, arbitrations and tribunals and also hosting mediations.
Independent Reporters is following the Alberta Biz Connect Workplace Guidance in our offices. Please note the following guidelines our team is adhering to during the prescribed requirements as required by the government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.
IR Team Members are required to wear face masks unless the employee is working alone in an enclosed or personal area without others in the same location.
Visitors to our building are to follow the entrance and exit markings when entering our main floor lobby. There will also be postings on where to wait for elevators and the number of people in elevators. Please follow these guidelines. Our building is also taking extra cleaning measures with increased disinfecting on frequent contact points and using a solution that meets the standards of ASH (EP50).
Upon entering our building please use the hand sanitizer located in all elevator banks before entering the elevators.
Visitors are highly encouraged to wear face masks unless the visitor is working alone in an enclosed area within our office. (Face masks are NOT provided by IR)
Social Distancing within our office space is to be practiced by maintaining a two-metre or six-foot distance from others while in IR offices. Extra chairs in boardrooms will be removed to allow for defining acceptable social distancing while conducting discoveries.
Frequent cleaning and sanitizing of all high touch areas in our office will be performed by our staff.
Court reporters and staff are to wash hands frequently and use hand sanitizer that is provided throughout the office.
All court reporters and staff will avoid sharing office equipment such as pens, phones, and keyboards.
All commonly used spaces & conference rooms will be stocked with disinfectant cleaner and hand sanitizer, which should be used frequently.
Avoid any handshaking or touching during introductions.
Witnesses will primarily be affirmed, however, if taking an oath on the Bible is preferred, this will be covered in plastic.
Please remember if you are not feeling well, you should stay home. If you are sick or appear to be sick, we may ask you to return home. We all must do our part in protecting ourselves and minimizing the risk of infection.
CMOH Order 05-2020 legally obligates individuals who have a cough, fever, shortness of breath, runny nose, or sore throat (that is not related to a pre-existing illness or health condition) to be in isolation for 10 days from the start of symptoms, or until symptoms resolve, whichever takes longer.
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 IRform 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!
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.
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.