Due to the everchanging local and state COVID positivity and hospitalization rates, our office protocols may include limitations on in-person appearances, as needed to ensure the safety of our clients and stenographic court reporters and videographers. Videoconference and Zoom remote reporting remain available for all parties.
We are also keeping up-to-date on the COVID protocols at the Marion County Judicial Center, as well as the Golden-Collum Memorial Federal Courthouse. The Golden-Collum Memorial Federal Courthouse continues their mask mandate. As of August 9, 2021, the Marion County Judicial Center does not have a mask mandate, but suggests wearing a mask if you have not been vaccinated. Many hearings are being conducted via Zoom, BUT there are also dockets with personal appearances required currently scheduled, meaning a high potential for large crowds inside the building. Please think of your safety and wear a mask, vaccinated or unvaccinated.
If you are requiring the witness and/or other parties to appear at our office, it is very important to state that in your initial phone or email inquiry, so that you can be assured that the highest level of health and safety can be met on that date. Under high local positivity and hospitalization rates, we will be severely limiting the number of people in the office at any one time. Of course, as a local independent firm, Owen & Associates is also capable of and willing to make those last-minute changes to ensure a successful legal proceeding in these challenging times.
REPORTERS, NOT RECORDERS The Florida Supreme Court recognizes live stenographic reporters utilizing computer-aided transcription (CAT) as the preferred method of preserving the record and requires that method in Florida's most important cases.
When you see "reporting firms" claiming to use the "most technologically advanced" methods, beware. That's the latest marketing code words for digital recording systems: an untrained employee with a recording device, sending it off for transcription to an unknown employee, who was not present and cannot vouch for the recording itself ... the slowest method of producing a record, with no ability to authenticate in case of errors.