Your Ideal Court Reporter – What To Look For!

courtroom1[1]When it is essential to have an exact legal record of what people said in court, the services of a Court Reporter is needed. The Court Reporter’s primary function is to quickly capture an accurate record of all communications during legal proceedings. It is important they have mastered the skills necessary to produce a transcript that accurately reflects court proceeding, depositions, hearings and more.

Here’s what to look for when hiring your ideal Court Reporter:

Education and Associations

  • Ensure he or she has completed a 2 – 4 year program at a well know school that specializes in transcription and court reporting.
  • That the school attended provided stenographic theory and keyboarding utilizing a stenotype machine and transcription software to create verbatim transcripts for legal proceedings; depositions, meetings, and hearing.
  • Look at the Associations the Court Reporter or Agency you are planning to use belongs to.

Good Work Practices

  • Experienced, State-Certified Court Reporter
  • Have working knowledge of and abide by all governmental regulations that govern the practice of verbatim court reporting.
  • Creates verbatim transcripts of legal proceedings; depositions, meetings, and hearings at challenging rates of speed.
  • Words are important! In order to provide an accurate record of the trial, the Court Reporter must have excellent listening skills so that there’s a clear record and no misunderstanding on what was said. He or she may be called on to read back testimony of the trial.
  • The Court Reporter as a speaker with Judges, Attorneys, Witnesses, Jurors and the parties in court, speaks clearly and annunciates words so that all understand.
  • Is proficient in the language of law, understanding the usages of legal terms.


  • The ideal court reporter or agency prepares and communicates with you before appearing in court. They may ask for Case Caption, for the title page of the transcript, email addresses (yours and your assistant) to ensure proper delivery of the documents.
  • The Court reporter is dressed like a professional, no denim or sandals in the courtroom.
  • Arrives in court 30 minutes before the trial is to start.
  • Preserve the confidentiality of all information obtained and ensure the security and privacy of that information.
  • Delivers on-time and on budget.


  • Typing speed and accuracy – the average certified stenographer can type anywhere from 200 – 250 words per minute.
  • Working knowledge of the stenograph machine, which simplifies the process of recording any spoken words.
  • Excellent grammar, punctuation and proofreading.
  • Knowledge of real-time closed captioning.

Todays Technology – mobile

Trending in the legal community is the use of mobile technology in court proceedings. Many lawyers have their mobile device on hand, whether it is an iPad or Android. Your Court Reporter or agency should be on top of mobile technology. It doesn’t hurt to ask and if you are using specialized software let them know before hand. provides “top quality” court reporters

All of our Court Reporters are professional and love what they do. Our goal is to provide you the highest quality record possible and understand the outcome of each case relies on a clear, accurate record of the court proceedings.

Owner and Author Elizabeth Tice

Elizabeth Tice


Elizabeth Tice has owned since 2007. The company specializes in State Certified Transcription, Depositions, Open Meeting Law and Public Hearing Transcripts and all types of Interviews and Meeting Minutes.

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