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Three Cheers for our California Court Reporters!

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

California’s court reporters – also known as Certified Shorthand Reporters (CSRs) are an often overlooked but critical component of the judicial system. They are highly trained professionals who transcribe spoken words in a wide variety of legal settings.

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The Deposition of a Person Most Qualified

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

(a.k.a. Person Most Knowledgeable, PMK)

When used correctly, the deposition of a Person Most Qualified (PMQ) is a powerful discovery tool. The entity named in a PMQ deposition notice is considered to be the deponent. 

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The Role of the Court Reporter

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

By now, we all know that a California court reporter must uphold the strictest standards of professional neutrality and impartiality as outlined in the Business & Professions Code, California Code of Regulations and California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP).  The court reporter is not an agent of any one party, attorney, or deponent, but is a neutral and impartial officer of the court, entrusted with the job of creating a record of every word spoken when the parties are on the record.

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Citing a Witness

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

Under the California Code of Civil Procedure (CCP) Section 2025.480, if a deponent fails to answer any questions or to produce any document or tangible thing under the deponent’s control, the party seeking discovery may seek a court order to compel. 

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DEPOSITION INTERPRETING

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

During a deposition it is important that all parties understand each other and communicate well. If a witness does not speak fluent English it may be necessary to have a professional interpreter present at the deposition. 

When an interpreter will be used at a deposition, it is a good idea to keep the following ground rules in mind:  

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