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Full-Service Court Reporting Offices in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta
Since 1987, the focus at Independent Reporters has always been in providing legal clients with the most well-trained court reporters in Alberta. That was the goal in starting IR and remains the main drive with everything we do. From your first contact to schedule right through to receiving the transcripts, quality and professionalism is all we care about.
Additional services for litigators
Legal Support Services
Beyond what most court reporting companies offer, working with Independent Reporters gives you additional comfort in service requests. With an extensive knowledge of real-time court reporting services, IR can discuss various options that are available.
Do you need general on-site real-time? No problem.
Want to add in live, remote access for your research team back at the office? Yes, we can do that.
Need to tie-in an expert witness from another part of the country? Consider it done.
How about real-time video streaming, transcript and exhibit syncing. Yes, we can do that as well.
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Scheduling Made Easy
We’re all about options and what is easiest for our clients.
Whether you prefer to call and speak with one of our pleasant staff, send your booking request by email or use one of our two online scheduling options, we’re here to assist. And once you have scheduled the services you need you will also receive a confirmation for your records. As well we always provide a confirmation call the day before, just to make sure all the details, times and services requirements are in place for your upcoming needs.
Conference Rooms in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta
Litigation has specific needs when it comes to hosting clients at a neutral site.
Our boardrooms were designed specifically for lawyers. Large rooms and tables, comfortable seating, WiFi, in-house technology and displays for showing exhibits and a welcoming team to make sure your needs are always first.
And, our boardrooms are complimentary when scheduled with a court reporter.
Conveniently located and ready when you need them.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are your court reporting offices located?
IR has offices in both Calgary and Edmonton. And when we’re talking about offices, these are our own full-service office space in these cities. The offices were designed with legal clients in mind to properly host and provide a full realm of court reporting services. For the location details, follow these links:
Do you provide court reporters and related services outside of Calgary or Edmonton?
Yes, we do! Our court reporters do travel to various areas in the province of Alberta. If you have a file that needs services outside of our two core cities, Calgary and Edmonton, just let us know and we can provide options for you to consider.
What other legal services do you provide to the legal community?
IR provides a full range of court reporting services. At the core, of course, are court reporters and real-time services for discovery and depositions. Additionally, we provide court reporting for all aspects of civil litigation, public hearings, trials and arbitrations.
Other services include legal video, video conferencing, conference rooms, exhibit linking and video syncing.
How can we schedule court reporting services with IR?
Scheduling a court reporter is as easy as giving us a call or using our online booking form. You may also send us an email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
What exactly is real-time court reporting?
Real-time court reporting is a service that is used in discovery, depositions, hearings, trials and arbitrations. It is an advanced service for lawyers that allows them to read, in real-time, questions and answers during proceedings. The live transcript can be viewed on their own devices, such as a laptop or tablet, and provides them to focus on what is being said in the proceedings. The real-time feed is searchable, can be marked or have notes added.
Real-time reporting is especially useful in large cases where testimony from each day is needed for review in preparation for the following days. Real-time also provides counsel with a greater comprehension of the spoken word during a proceeding and can help to speed up the questioning process.
Does Independent Reporters have conference rooms for us to use in Calgary or Edmonton?
Yes, we do have conference rooms available in our offices for client use. Both locations have large, comfortable boardrooms and provide clients with high-speed WiFi. Our rooms are complimentary when used in conjunction with our court reporting services.
If you need to schedule a conference room without a court reporter we can provide a daily rental fee. Contact us to learn more.
If we need to cancel services, will we be charged?
IR only charges a cancellation if we are called the day services are scheduled or if the court reporter arrives and clients reach a settlement. Contact us for billing details on our rates and fees associated with cancellation for court reporting, legal video or video conferencing services.
What electronic transcript formats do you provide to clients?
Clients receive both an ASCII text file as well as a PDF file for any transcript that they order. Clients will also are provided with condensed transcript and keyword index summaries in PDF.
What are Legal Video Services used for?
Legal video services are primarily used for US depositions. However, in Canada, it can also be used in De Bene Esse evidence, which is a questioning before a trial of a witness that is old, very ill, or will be out of the country and unable to provide their evidence at trial.
Providing counsel with a video of the witness for US depositions is beneficial for review of the evidence, body language and emotion of a witness. The transcripts taken during the testimony can be synced, along with the exhibits, so that they can be searched and viewed at specific locations of the video evidence. Contact us to learn more about the technical aspects of this service.
How can Video Conferencing Services be used in a legal environment?
Since we started providing video conferencing services in 2004, we have seen the uses of these services expand. The general use of video conferencing is allowing a witness to attend a trial or questioning from a remote location, especially if travel costs may be prohibitive.
Other uses we have seen clients using the services for their own remote attendance. The ability for counsel in Fort McMurray to connect and question a witness in Edmonton or Calgary significantly helps to reduce expenses and billing time to clients.
What is exhibit linking?
Exhibits introduced and marked during a witness’s testimony can be added to and become part of the transcript. With exhibit linking you will have instant access to the exhibit any time that it is referenced in the testimony. This lets counsel click on the exhibit reference and pull up the exhibit to review. Exhibit linking saves time in searching for the exhibits and keeps everything associated with the transcript as one record.
What is that machine the court reporter is using?
That machine that your court reporter uses is known as a steno or stenotype machine. You may have noticed that they with fewer keys than a standard QWERTY keyboard and you may also have seen that there are no letters on any of the keys.
All strokes from the steno machine are transferred to a computerized dictionary on the court reporter’s computer. Those strokes are processed and matched to translate the steno text into English words. Another difference with a steno keyboard is that the court reporter can press multiple keys in a single stroke to create words. This is part of the main reason why they can “type” 225 wpm or more versus a normal typist.
How many words per minute can a court reporter write?
To be qualified as a legal, certified court reporter in Alberta, you must have a typing speed of up to 225 words per minute. Generally, legal proceedings average 180 wpm with bursts up to, or over, 250 wpm.
Did you know that the fastest speed written by a court reporter was 360 wpm with an accuracy rate of 97.23%? This was performed at the NCRA 2004 summer convention and is officially noted in the Guinness World Records.