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The Top Questions Asked About Court Reporters
Despite having been an important part of the courtroom for centuries now, many still aren’t certain what exactly court reporting entails and why it’s important. To help clarify some of the most common questions asked about court reporters, we have compiled answers to the most frequently asked questions about court reporters.
How do steno-keyboards work?
Stenographs are small, laptop-like devices that court reporters use to record what is said as it is said in a deposition or courtroom. To maximize typing speed, these machines are built to record phonetic sounds instead of letters. Court reporters must press multiple keys at once to ensure the proper sound and pronunciation is recorded for later transcription notation.
How many words can court reporters write per minute?
Court reporters must have a typing speed of around 200 word per minute with an accuracy rate of 97.5%, to become qualified as a legal, certified court reporter.
How do you become a certified court reporter?
Hopeful court reporters must receive a certificate of completion from a state-recognized court reporting school of their choosing. They cannot take the state exam until receiving this certification. It is only after taking and passing the state examination that hopefuls receive the Certified Shorthand Reporter License– a license that is specific to their state of work. Many court reporters go on to receive further education and additional certification from the National Court Reporting Association (NCRA), which makes them more competitive professionals.
Will court reporters be replaced by recording devices?
Recording devices have been around since the late 1800s, so the general concensus is no, court reporters will not be replaced. Tape recorders and other technologies can record what was said, but they cannot distinguish between accents, check for typos, or format the proceedings in a digital and text format.
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