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Court Reporter Job Description

A court reporter is a person whose job is to transcribe spoken or recorded speech of legal proceedings into text. A court reporter creates an exact verbatim account of everything spoken in a court proceeding. Court reporters are also known as stenotype reporters, stenomask reporters, shorthand reporters, law reporters, verbatim reporters, or voice writers.

What does a Court Reporter do?

Court reporters may do some or all of the following:

Working Conditions

Court reporters may work normal office hours or long irregular hours. They work in offices and courtrooms. They may also report on freelance basis, working as freelance reporters at political conferences, arbitration hearings or other formal events. Freelance reporters usually work more flexible hours.

The job of court reporters may be difficult, tedious, and stressful due to the amount of words required to be captured per minute to produce an accurate and efficient transcript.

What is Required to Become a Court Reporter?

There are no standard educational requirements to become a court reporter, but a degree in court reporting or a similar discipline is helpful.

Knowledge, Skills and Attributes

Court reporters need to have:


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