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A brief history of Boss Certified Realtime Reporting and the positive impact on South Florida.
She was a business major. Like many, life started to happen for Donna Kadosh and she changed her area of study and it wasn’t easy. “More than half of my class didn’t graduate, as the curriculum was extremely demanding.” But Donna did graduate. She also went on to build one of the largest court reporting firms in the south Florida area.
Started in 1995, Boss Reporting began in a rented office and secured two steady clients. Fast forward to 2015 and they have grown significantly. Currently, the firm has grown to over 40 court reporters. Some have been with Boss for over a decade. “I’ve worked for Boss for more than ten years,” stated Diana Hall Chalk, a dedicated employee.
They’ve also been recognized by the community. In 2011 the growing firm was nominated for “Small Business of the Year” by the Greater Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce. This honor was in recognition of Boss’s successful management, integrity, and continuing contributions to the Fort Lauderdale Chamber of Commerce and local area businesses.
During the same year, Boss Reporting also took part in an event hosted in part by the local Women’s Council. Suits and other gently used business attire were donated for victims of domestic violence. Taking part in activities such as this combined with recognition awards show the commitment this organization has to the surrounding area.
When it comes to their clients, Boss Certified Realtime Reporting has always provided outstanding service. It’s important to note that they have also led the way in educating the field on the strengths of stenographic reporting versus digital court reporting. In a recent blog, Boss stated that court room reporters spend time “in courtrooms and understand the various terms and jargon that are thrown around. He or she can stop to ask questions if there is an issue with the quality of audio or if someone’s verbal statement was not heard.” This type of flexibility and attention to detail is a quality that digital recording cannot provide due to the limitations of the technology. This also shows Boss Reporting’s commitment to stenographic court reporters and educating peers in the field regarding this important issue.
Their educational efforts don’t end there. New employees have to spend at least a month working with seasoned reporters to learn the basic firm procedures before heading into the courtroom on their own. Training practices like this combined with a twenty-year history of excellence ensuring that Boss will be on the reporting scene for many years to come.
For readback, annotation and immediate access to reliable transcripts, nothing beats realtime court reporting—not even digital recording
Even if you have been tempted to look into digital recording for courtroom events, you should be advised that realtime reporting is absolutely the most accurate method for court reporting today. Read on to learn some of the main reasons that support realtime so that you can make an informed decision about the best type of reporting for your case.
Digital vs. Realtime: Annotation and Monitoring of Inputs
The majority of digital recording systems use a central control room where one monitor is keeping track of up to four courtrooms at the same time. This translates to at any given time, one quarter of the court proceedings are actually capable of being searched. With realtime reporting, however, attorneys, Judges and clients can access the testimony immediately. A Judge can even review or mark portions or take notes on their own version of the transcripts. It’s also easier to look for specific phrases or other inputs in this situation.
Digital vs. Realtime: Readback
How easy it is to search a digital audio record depends a great deal on the ability of the tape operator as it relates to annotation. If the court requests a readback with digital recordings, it can be frustrating, not possible, or the cause of numerous delays. In any case, none of these are ideal. A computerized court stenographer, though, can accommodate requests for readback within seconds and can even allow parties in the courtroom to analyze the record to see what was actually said. Attorneys also have access to this information in a text format on their laptops immediately, making it much easier.
Digital vs. Realtime: Reliability
Often, problems with digital recordings are not known until it’s too late. The success of digital recording relies on the audio being captured properly. With the potential to capture private conversations or other background noise, getting an accurate and high-quality recording back is always at risk with a digital recording.
Digital vs. Realtime: Transcription and Record Review
Reviewing a complete audio record takes a lot of time, and the majority of attorneys and judges do not want to have to listen to the full-length recording. If a case is moved on to the appeal process, the digital audio has to be sent on to a transcriber for the proper production of the transcript.
With realtime, attorneys and judges can both review and annotate the testimony during the proceedings. Notes taken from a court reporter’s transcript can also easily be put into a printed report or cut-and-pasted onto a screen.
Digital vs. Realtime: Actual Products
While an audio recording system can generate a recording, a stenographic reporter will produce the transcript electronically and the final paper transcript accurately. Regardless of what either of those are needed for, it’s more efficient to get both at the same time.
While the realtime court reporter or stenographic reporter might initially seem more expensive, this is not the case when you factor in the ability to read back and review materials immediately and the potential for getting both the paper and electronic version at the same time.
Boss Reporting provides nationwide court reporting services for trials, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, conferences and meetings as well as closed captioning. To learn more about how realtime reporting can benefit you, call us at 954-467-6867 or simply request a quote.