Saying Thanks to the Court Reporters

I can honestly say that I didn’t give a lot of thought to the contributions of court reporters prior to coming to the Indiana Chamber and being part of our roundtable discussion in each issue of BizVoice magazine. It’s a court reporter who is capturing every word, allowing another team member or I to accurately summarize the discussions for our readers.

I also didn’t know until recently that there is a National Court Reporting & Captioning Week. It’s February 16-22. A press release from the National Court Reporters Association, with input from the Indiana Shorthand Reporters Associated, revealed:

  • A 14% growth in the profession is expected by 2020. The groups term it one of the leading career options that does not require a traditional four-year degree
  • Career options include court reporting, live-event captioning for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community, and captioning for broadcast and specialized videography
  • “For years, members of the National Court Reporters Association have volunteered their time and professional skills to capture the oral histories of America’s disabled veterans. These transcripts, thousands of important histories that would have otherwise been lost, are preserved at the Library of Congress.”

Kudos to the 18,000-plus members of the national association and thanks to the team at Alliance Court Reporting in Central Indiana for their long-time partnership on BizVoice. We appreciate your efforts.

More Frivolous Lawsuits

Courts play a critical role in society. A justice system, however, that permits extremely frivolous (and extremely costly) lawsuits demonstrates there is a great deal of room for improvement. Everyone pays the prices for lawsuit abuses. The Heartland Institute looks at a few:

An 18-year-old high school student in shop class attached an electrical cord to one of his nipples with an alligator clamp, while a classmate used another alligator clamp to attach the cord to the student’s other nipple. A third student plugged the cord into an electrical wall socket.

The resulting three-second shock knocked the student to the ground and briefly stopped his heart. The boy survived but allegedly suffered short-term memory loss and brain damage.

Naturally, he’s suing the school and the teacher for failing to warn him it could be dangerous to play with electrical cords.