What to Expect From Court Reporting Schools

Thousands of people choose to become court reporters each year and with an average pay rate of $23.80 per hour, it is easy to see the appeal. Your earning potential grows if you choose to provide other types of reporting as well. If you are considering attending a court reporting training program, it is important to know what to expect. [Read more…]

4 Things Court Reporting Students Should Know

Have you been looking for a unique career? Do you love the fast-paced environment of a courtroom? If you would like to work in such an environment but lack the qualifications to be an attorney or judge, why not consider court reporting? Court reporters are an integral part of the justice process that are right in the middle of the action but do not require as much training as attorneys or judges. However, like any other career, you must consider some important information before embarking on your career. [Read more…]

Common Deposition Questions

A deposition is a process whereby witnesses provide sworn evidence. They are used to gather pretrial information, specifically to discover what a witness may know and to preserve that testimony for later use in court. Depositions usually in the office of an attorney. They are conducted in the presence of a court reporter who maintains a verbatim record of everything said during the deposition. The person being deposed is under oath and must answer all questions posed by the deposing attorney. Deposition questions vary on a case-by-case basis, but introductory, background and deposition preparation questions are fairly standard across the board. [Read more…]

Is Court Reporting Right for You?

Court reporting is one of those careers that is likely to endure despite technological advances and changes. The need for skilled individuals to capture and record information during court and legal proceedings is something that simply cannot be replaced by machines or computers. As with any profession, though, court reporting is not for everyone. So, how can you know if this is a good career for you? You can start by learning more about what the job entails, what education and skills you need and what it is like to work in this career. [Read more…]

The Future of Court Reporting: Man vs. Machine

The importance of an accurate record of legal proceedings cannot be emphasized enough; in many cases, lives literally depend on it. This is why the role of court reporter is such a vital part of the judicial system and will continue to be so even in this age of electronic technology. Some courts have begun experimenting with various recording technologies designed to replace the court reporter which has raised concerns in the legal community and may actually result in an increased demand for court reporters. [Read more…]

6 Reasons to Become a Court Reporter

Court reporters create verbatim transcripts of legal proceedings using a variety of assistive technology from stenotype machines, where information is typed in using a special type of shorthand, to steno mask machines where they whisper into a covered microphone. The goal is to create a word-for-word record of the proceedings that will be transcribed for the use of judges, lawyers and others involved in the proceedings. [Read more…]

How Do Court Reporters Transcribe?

court-reporters-transcribeA court transcript is the record of every spoken word and who spoke it during court.  In order to capture this transcript, a court reporter must be able to hear the entire proceedings and set them down as they occur.  At one time this was done using shorthand, which is an abbreviated way of writing that is able keep up with speech.  An early version of the stenotype machine was created in 1877 by Miles Bartholomew, who was a court reporter and hoped to replace pen and paper with his invention.  Today, court reporters get special training in order to understand legal terminology and process and use special equipment to create transcripts of court proceedings, as well as creating legal records of hearings, depositions, or other meetings requiring an official transcript. [Read more…]

Why Court Reporters are Needed

court-reporterA court reporter may seem like an afterthought in the workings of a courtroom to someone who is not part of the legal system.  They sit unobtrusively at the front of the courtroom and quietly type into their machines while things go on around them.  To someone familiar with the legal process, though, the court reporter is just as much an essential part of the proceedings as the judge, attorneys, and witnesses.  In fact, in most cases it is illegal to proceed in court without a court reporter present.  The Court Reporter Statute designates which proceedings must be recorded in federal court, while civil proceedings and other courtroom proceedings are designated on a local level.  While in some instances the judge is given the choice of court reporter or recording device, frequently a certified court reporter is mandated because of the importance of having an accurate transcript of the case. [Read more…]

Things to Know Before You Go To Court

Going to court can be intimidating process. The stress and worry about having a court 38200448 - united states supreme court pillars of justice and lawappearance can be alleviated by understanding some basic information about how a court room operates. Knowing some tips on how to dress and behave, how to speak, and what to expect will help to assuage worries and prepare you for time spent in court. The following tips will assist you if you are called upon to speak in a courtroom.

Follow Courtroom Rules

When being questioned when on the stand, do not look to the attorney or at the judge for help in answering the question. If the question is improper, there will be an objection. If a question is asked and there is no objection, answer it. Never substitute your ideas of what you believe the rules of evidence are. [Read more…]

Things You Should Not Say in Court

court-roomIn-court testimony is a critical part of our judicial system, and is integral in insuring just and accurate verdicts. When you are going to court there are some simple things you should avoid saying to help improve your outcomes and guarantee a just verdict. The following advice is meant to help in a variety of situations. For specific advice regarding your situation, contact a law office in your area.

Do Not Memorize What You Will Say

It is very important to speak in your own words and avoid memorizing what you plan to say. Memorizing your answers and parts of your testimony can make your testimony sound rehearsed and unconvincing. There are some things you can do to avoid sounding as though your answers have been coached and rehearsed. [Read more…]