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Frequently Asked Questions About Court Reporters

All of Your Leading Questions About Court Reporting Answered

Court reporting has been an essential part of the court room for well over 150 years, but it is still a function of litigation support that many harbor questions about. To help attorney and even curious readers get a better understanding of the support service, we have compiled a list of some of the most common questions about court reporting.

How do stenographs work?

Stenographs are small devices similar in appearance to laptops that court reporters use to record what was said as it is said during a deposition or in the courtroom. To maximize typing speeds, these machines are built to record phonetic sounds instead of letters. Court reporters must press several keys at once to ensure the proper pronunciation is noted for later use.

How do you become a certified court reporter?

Court reporters must complete training at a state-recognized court reporting school, where they receive certification upon completion. The reporter then must move onto the state exam and pass to earn their Certified Shorthand Reporter License. Many court reporters go on to further their education and receive addition certifications from the National Court Reporting Association (NCRA).

How many words can court reporters write per minute?

Legal court reporters must have a typing speed of around 200 words per minute with an accuracy rate of 97.5% to be certified.

Will court reporters be replaced by recording devices?

Recording devices have been around since the late 1800s, and the reporting industry remains strong. Court reporters are necessary to distinguish who said what, how it was said, and why it was significant. Court reporters also format the proceedings in both digital and text formats, something recording devices can’t do with the same level of accuracy.

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