What To Do If
A Witness Appears for a CNA, but Doesn’t Answer Questions?
By Rosalie Kramm, CSR – Principal, San Diego
A: Use something generic like “REPORTER’S TRANSCRIPT” or “STATEMENT ON RECORD” rather than “CERTIFICATE OF NON-APPEARANCE.”
Recently a reporter wrote me and asked what she should do when an attorney asked her to provide a Certificate of Non-Appearance when the witness did appear but refused to answer questions. The reporter was asked to swear in a legal secretary to make a statement on the record about how she had contacted the witness… The question was how to title the transcript. I advised her to use something generic like “REPORTER’S TRANSCRIPT” or “STATEMENT ON RECORD” rather than “CERTIFICATE OF NON-APPEARANCE.”
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Rosalie Kramm began her career as a court reporter and owner/operator of Kramm Court Reporting in San Diego, California over 30 years ago, before joining Veritext Legal Solutions, the national leader in deposition services.
She sat on the Court Reporters Board of California with the Department of Consumer Affairs from 2013 through 2018 and has served as president of the Deposition Reporters Association of California, Society for the Technological Advancement of Reporting, and General Reporters Association of San Diego.
Kramm is a Certified Court Reporter in California and holds the national license of Certified Realtime Reporter. She also is a certified LiveNote trainer and frequent presenter for advanced workshops on the use of interactive real-time software, including Realtime with LiveNote, Summation, and Bridge. She also serves on the board of the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program.