Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Courts | 2 comments

There are instances, in a court proceeding, when a particular person is called upon to read back a part of what had been said during the earlier part of an ongoing case or the exact words used during a deposition, or for other purposes vital to the case. This person is called a court reporter – one of the very important roles in a litigation case as he/she is the one responsible in recording everything that is said during the trial and in making an official written transcript of all that transpires, in perfect accuracy. To earn a license and so become a Certified Court Reporter (CCR), one has to undergo rigorous training, pass a series of tests and participate in continuing education courses.

A court reporter is required to be able to transcribe at least 225 words per minute on a stenotype, a machine that resembles a typewriter and is used to record speech in syllables or phonetic codes. There are three types of court reporters: the stenographer, who uses a stenotype machine; the voice writers, who speak into a mask that is equipped with a recorder and voice silencer; and, the electronic reporter, who makes use audio recording tools while simultaneously taking notes. Regardless of the type, though, one major thing is required – the skill to transcribe all things correctly and exactly as they happen in court, for even a single mistake can possibly alter the whole course of the case. It is the job of a court reporter to transcribe everything said in a court hearing, a deposition, a conference held inside a judges’ chamber and in other official proceedings.

Many private law firms have also seen the importance of hiring and maintaining the services of court reporters to record their own cases, as well as organize valuable documents related to all the cases the firms have handled. Besides transcribing and record organization, a professional court reporter also provides video services, records retrieval, process service and investigations and many other concerns that will make records keeping, retrieval and sharing so much easier, faster and orderly.

2 Comments

  1. 11-18-2014

    Criminal defense is serious business and I am grateful that someone is writing about it.

  2. 12-2-2014

    Good writing as always

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