Alberta Relaunch – Stage 2 – Court Reporter Services
With offices slowly opening and some people going back to work at their offices with the Alberta Stage 2 guidelines, here’s what we are seeing with the scheduling of court reporters into late summer and the fall of 2020.
Remote Video Discovery
This remains the primary choice for people who are scheduling court reporters for the questioning of witnesses.
Using remote video connections continues to provide clients with the comfort and safety of minimizing interaction with others, even if they are at their own office. Litigators have become comfortable with using a remote connection to conduct their questioning. With the ability to see the witness, present exhibits and speak with other parties comfortably and reduce travel, using video connections have allowed lawyers to continue litigating.
Independent Reporters will continue to provide our remote video connections at no charge as we continue to move forward through the pandemic.
As well, coordination with all counsel and witnesses will be arranged in advance by our office. This process helps to ensure that all attendees are well versed in using the remote video and minimizes any delays at the start of your discovery.
Independent Reporters has begun to take requests to have court reporters attend law offices to take the evidence of witnesses.
In most of these bookings, we are noticing some counsel or other parties still wish to be connected and attend remotely. No problem! Let us know who the remote parties will be and we can work with your office to facilitate the remote video connection.
For an in-office job, and when most of the attendees will be present, Independent Reporters will have our court reporter also attend and be socially distanced. This gives the court reporter a better understanding of who is speaking in the discovery. In some larger boardrooms, it may be difficult to have all the attendees on the video screen. In these instances, the court reporter will likely attend in person.
Using IR’s Boardroom
Our boardrooms in Calgary and Edmonton remain available for clients to use.
Should you want to schedule at our offices, we will need to know how many people will be attending so that we can limit and ensure proper spacing for all parties that will attend.
We also ask that for anyone attending our office that only parties required to be in the room be present. Our internal policy is that no person can be seated in our waiting room to maintain the proper number of people in our office space.