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Law Practice,
Judges and Judiciary,
Appellate Practice

Apr. 13, 2022

Make sure your court reporter is really a court reporter

Courts are used to warning counsel about “bells” that cannot be “unrung” for the jury, but it turns out a fatally flawed transcript is a bell that even the court can’t unring from its own mind.

I am an attorney who has been practicing in California since 2008. Despite my near 14 years’ experience in civil litigation, specifically family law, something recently occurred in a trial that was so mind boggling it actually caused my client and me to question our realities, perceptions and recollections.

What could possibly cause an attorney and her client so much doubt?

Well, in preparation for the trial on ...

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