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Do Family Courts Need Court Reporters?

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Do Family Courts Need Court Reporters?

One of a court reporter’s most important duties is also a very practical one: Make sure the things that are said during a deposition or trial are understood by all interested parties. That’s often easier said than done.

Everyone speaks differently — some people have heavy accents, others mumble or speak too quietly. Still others may talk too quickly or be too loud if they’re upset by the proceedings  It’s a court reporter’s job to transcribe what these people are saying on the fly, which can be a real challenge for even the most experienced pros.

Nowhere is that need for clarity more apparent than in family court, as two recent editorials in The Sacramento Bee point out.  (more…)

Online Resources to Improve your Transcribing Skills

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Online Resources to Improve your Transcribing Skills

Few people who don’t type and transcribe for a living can maintain a typing speed of 225 words per minute with any degree of accuracy. Even the most experienced court reporters need to stay sharp to keep up with the fast-paced courtroom environment. The key? Lots of practice.  (more…)

Do You Have What it Takes to be a Court Reporter?

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Do You Have What it Takes to be a Court Reporter?

Court reporters face all kinds of challenges on the job. Like so many jobs in the legal profession, many of the tough situations court reporters experience raise ethical concerns in addition to determining what the law requires. Do you think you could navigate these situations?  (more…)

What Exactly Does a Court Reporter Do, Anyway?

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What Exactly Does a Court Reporter Do, Anyway?

It’s in every courtroom drama on TV or in the movies — the image of a court reporter, sitting with perfect posture, silently recording legal proceedings with fingers bouncing on a stenotype, occasionally reading back portions of the transcript so the hot-shot attorney can catch a witness in a lie and win the case.

But there’s a lot more to being a court reporter than learning shorthand and reading back dramatic passages. (more…)

Court Reporting Snafus: How Shoddy Reporting Can Ruin Cases

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Court Reporting Snafus: How Shoddy Reporting Can Ruin Cases

A court reporter is entrusted with the responsibility of recording, verbatim, the ongoings of legal proceedings.  In any instance that the judge, jury or legal counsel require facts about who said what in the duration of the case, or any time after, they need to be able to turn to the court reporter’s transcript for an exact written recording.

The necessity of perfect transcripts, provided in a timely manner, for the appeals process, as well as the issues of ownership of the legal documents are biggest snafus in the court reporting arena.

Court cases cannot be appealed without perfect transcripts; every word matters.  If a court reporter’s transcript is incomplete, an extremely important piece of evidence could be missing.  An incomplete transcript is very likely going to slow up the appeals process. (more…)

Will The Upcoming Shortage of Court Reporters Slow Your Case Down?

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Will The Upcoming Shortage of Court Reporters Slow Your Case Down?

The old saying about too many cooks in the kitchen can be applied to almost any activity that involves staffing; what happens when there are not enough professionals on hand to tend to the metaphorical broth?

Galesburg.com reports that 75% of the country’s court reporters will be retiring in the next few years. (more…)

Court Reporter Faces Perjury Charges

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Court Reporter Faces Perjury Charges

Just how bad can it get for a court reporter who doesn’t have the honesty and respect for the law the profession demands? Pretty bad, as one Virginia court reporter recently discovered.  (more…)

How Does Stenography Adapt to the 21st Century Courtroom?

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How Does Stenography Adapt to the 21st Century Courtroom?

The court stenographer is a time-honored tradition, one whose abilities are relied on to impartially record court proceedings. The stenographer’s unique skill-set, along with state-of-the-art equipment, allows them to record word-for-word what transpires in the courtroom. These notes are used for recordkeeping as well as a strategic reference tool of attorneys. (more…)

The Many Hats of a Stenographer

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The Many Hats of a Stenographer

A stenographer is highly trained to record flawless, word-for-word transcripts of any occurrence whose proceedings require recording.  Stenographers are utilized by lawyers, government entities, courts, and the business and scientific fields, as well as closed captioning for media outlets. (more…)

Things to Consider When Hiring A Court Reporter

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Things to Consider When Hiring A Court Reporter

Choosing the appropriate court reporter to transcribe your legal or business proceedings is important.  Important in ensuring that the details, the minutiae, of your hearing, deposition or trial are recorded completely and accurately; and important so that an accurate portrayal of the day’s events is produced.  These transcriptions are impartial, word-for-word accounts, and reviewing these verbatim transcripts can often reveal details that might otherwise have been missed. (more…)