The week of Feb. 4 to 11 was proclaimed Court Reporting and Caption Week 2023 by the Adams County Commissioners at its Wednesday meeting. “Court reporting is essential to the health of the judicial system,” said Commissioner James Martin. “I wish there was some way to see how many miles of text these ladies put down over these years. Thank you for that work,” he added.
Corrie Ondrizek, Chief Court Reporter, said the three Adams County Court Reporters – herself, Jennifer Nice, and Karen Brown, continue to improve by keeping up with the new technology, including real-time translation. “It provides simultaneously what is being said and taken by us on a second screen for the Judge and/or hearing impaired participants,” she said.
Ondrizek said court reporters are still necessary even with current technology in audio and visual recording because there is always a chance of failure. “Proceedings take attorneys’, parties’, and witnesses’ valuable time and money. To expend that money and effort and not to have a record is devastating,” she said. She added that court reporters also make note of other happenings in the courtroom that an audio recording cannot see, such as when a witness gestures with their hands, nods, or shakes their heads.
Ondrizek received an associate’s degree from Hagerstown Business College and later obtained a registered professional certification through the National Court Reports Association. She has been a court reporter for 35 years.
Featured image caption: From left, Commissioners James Martin and Randy Phiel, Chief Court Reporter, Corrie Ondrizek, Judge Christina Simpson, Court Reporter Jennifer Nice, and Judge Thomas Campbell.
Judith Cameron Seniura is a freelance reporter. She began her journalism career in the early ‘70s and has written for newspapers, magazines, and other media in Ontario, Canada, Alaska, Michigan, Nebraska, San Antonio, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.