Back to Class: Grammar 101 – are you affected or effected?

Back to Class: Grammar 101 – are you affected or effected?

No matter what school we attended, or how long we attended it, there are some things that we just don’t get right.  Fortunately, these posts will not be examples of mistakes made in physics…   http://cadyreporting.com/cady/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Fast-Furious.mp4 Bad grammar might not have consequences as physically serious as bad physics but nevertheless, it can make you seem like you don’t know which way the apple falls. Are you effected? No. Do you have an affect? No.  These are 2 words that are continually baffling to most people.  Here is the clearest way I have found to remember them: Effect=Noun (Her testimony had an emotional effect on me.) Affect=Verb (Her testimony affected me emotionally.) As a court reporter, how can you remember that for your transcript?  At Quick and Dirty tips a pneumonic device is recommended: RAVEN – R Affect=Verb Effect=Noun If you are an attorney or paralegal, your briefs, letters, and notes need to be accurate to reflect your level of professionalism.  if you are a court reporter, you need to know which word to put into the record to make an accurate and quality transcript for attorneys and clients.  If you don’t use these terms correctly, the effect of the testimony could be lost.  Obviously, a bad record would be unacceptable from a court reporting firm.  Everyone involved in a case needs a grammatically correct transcript of the proceedings. Don’t let a bad court reporter affect your case – click here to schedule with Cady Reporting...
Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys

Practical Tips for Trial Attorneys

  When I was in law school and took criminal procedure, the focus of the course was on the adjudication process.  Based on what I have seen as a trial judge, I don’t think that focus has changed.  And it’s obviously important that criminal defense attorneys understand the Ohio Rules of Criminal Procedure, how to file proper pretrial motions, and how to raise constitutional issues regarding searches and seizures.  But the fact of the matter is that most criminal cases are adjudicated not by a trial or be winning a pretrial motion but by the entry of a plea of guilty or no contest. What this means is that if you do criminal defense work, most times you will be representing a defendant at a sentencing who has been found guilty by a plea and not by a trial.  For those defendants, the sentencing hearing is far and away the most important part of their criminal case.  It is that hearing that will determine whether the defendant goes to prison, or gets probation.  If the hearing is for an offense that carries a mandatory prison sentence, then the hearing will determine how long of a prison sentence that the defendant will serve. Too often I think that attorneys feel that that judge already knows what sentence he or she is likely to impose.  While this is true in many cases, it is certainly not true in all cases.  If you are representing a criminal defendant at a sentencing hearing there are several things you can do to increase your client’s chances of receiving probation or a shorter rather than...
Resources

Resources

At Cady Reporting Services, Inc., we offer more than just court reporting and deposition services.  We offer a full spectrum of litigation support services.  We are always looking for ways to help our clients.  In this series of blog articles, we will explore the resources available to litigators and litigation paralegals and legal assistants.  There are resources that are available through litigation support firms such as ourselves, but there are also many other resources available to help you win your case.  If there is a product you have questions about, or would like more information don’t hesitate to contact me through our online chat function.  I will be happy to tell you what I can or do any research necessary to help you get the most out of your litigation support services. Stay ahead of the curve and impress your team with these valuable tools!  Click on any of the links below to learn more about Cady Reporting’s services, and stay tuned to this series of blog articles for more great resources! Court Reporting and Deposition Services In-House Legal Videography Videoconferencing Trial Presentations Subpoena Service...
Litigation

Litigation

Litigation is so much more than the term “lawsuit”.  There are so many factors that go into litigation.  In this series of blog posts, we will explore the different kinds of litigation and also share advice from litigators and judges.  Litigation support is an indispensable part of the process.  We will be covering the different kinds of litigation support (such as court reporting) and a variety of tools that can help you win your case.  If there are any questions you have about our services, or litigation in general, please don’t hesitate to contact me through our online chat function on the homepage of our website.  ...
Definition: Adjudicate

Definition: Adjudicate

Adjudicate (verb) A formal judgment or decision is made about a problem or dispute. So basically, a judge (or jury, or other authorized officials) decides who is right on a particular matter. Another form of the word is ‘adjudication’. Adjudication is the legal process by which a judge reviews evidence and hears arguments. Those arguments are usually from attorneys representing their clients in opposing parties. The judge then can come to a decision which determines rights and obligations between the parties involved.   Our seasoned court reporters are well-versed and familiar with the many terms and legal phrases in civil and criminal litigation.  If you need a court reporter for a litigation matter, please don’t hesitate to contact us here.  Our court reporting firm personally covers the state of Ohio and we have independently owned partners across the United...
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Court reporting is not the most common profession.  Here at Cady Reporting Services in Cleveland, Ohio, we get a lot of questions about the profession of court reporting, litigation support and the law in general.  We will try to address all of your questions about laws, court reporting and working for a court reporting firm in this series of blog posts. Do you have a question about court reporters? We are always available through the online chat function on our website, just click...