Verbatim court reporters (CRs) cover a myriad of assignments in any setting where a transcript of the spoken word is required. Our accredited CR members work in areas ranging from American depositions, arbitrations, public inquiries, and regulatory health hearings.

Many of our CRs also write realtime, which is when the spoken word appears as text on a device instantaneously. It is important to remember the purpose for which realtime transcription is used. In a hearing/tribunal setting, it enables the viewer:

  • to see and/or mark immediately what was said;
  • to search back simultaneously to cross-check against previous testimony (whether given on the same day or previously); and
  • probably most importantly, to have instantly a full note of what was said and the context in which it was said, rather than the perhaps scanty notes made by others in the room.
  • Melanie Ball

  • Contact Info

  • +44 (0)7876 358830
  • rtrlimited@gmail.com
  • http://www.real-timereporting.co.uk/
  • About Our Member

  • MELANIE BALL
    BA (Hons), MBIVR, AVR

    I was educated at Victoria College, Belfast and went on to obtain a BA (Hons) degree in Classics at Queen's University. Thereafter I trained as a stenographer at the College of Business Studies. Upon leaving college in 1987 I moved to London, where I was based for the next twenty-seven years. In my first year of work I passed the Associateship and Membership exams of the British Institute of Verbatim Reporters and have been a Member now for well over thirty years. Eight years ago I returned home to N. Ireland, but still travel extensively for work.

    For the past thirty-three years I have been working as a freelance stenographer in civil and criminal hearings all over the world, specialising for the last twenty-four years in real-time reporting, having obtained LiveNote Real -time Accreditation in 1996. I also have extensive experience in US depositions. Other types of work I am familiar with are arbitrations, medical inquiries, ecclesiastical inquiries, board and shareholder meetings, courts martial, interviews, industrial tribunals, audio transcription, and I have limited experience of speech-to-text writing for those with a hearing impairment.

    In recent years I have specialised in working on several public inquiries of note in the UK, namely, the Guildford Four/Maguire Seven Inquiry, Billy Wright Inquiry, Robert Hamill Inquiry, the Iraq Inquiry, the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry in N. Ireland and I am presently involved in the Infected Blood Inquiry.

    Since September 2020 I have been a Member of the BIVR Council.

  • Member
  • Arbitrations, Court, Disciplinary Hearings/Regulatory Health, Realtime, Audio Transcriber, Scopist (Editor)
  • EU