In a previous post we addressed the importance of court reporters for clients engaged in legal proceedings, and the attributes to look for in selecting a court reporter.  Here, we offer some tips to court reporters, to help make you into the best court reporter you can be.

As a court reporter, you fulfil an essential function.  Your responsibilities extend beyond merely documenting what is said by those in the room; you must also generate an excellent work product, and must be proficient and familiar with the general processes and functioning of your job-related equipment.

 

  1. Accuracy

Check your work!  Check for correct spellings, names, titles and responsibilities. This may seem time consuming, but by meticulously proofreading your transcripts, you leave less room for mistakes and ensure a better reputation for yourself as a court reporter.

  1. Concentration

Avoid distractions and stay focused. Distractions are the most common cause of errors, and can even compound the problem, by contributing to you overlooking mistakes when you proofread your transcript.

  1. Arrive Early

“To be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late…”.  Arriving early conveys that you are organized and are ready to work.  It also alleviates a potential source of stress for your clients, as they do not have to worry about whether or not you will be there on time, or at all.  It also gives you the time to set up, and to get comfortable with your work area.

  1. Always be prepared

If you have a feeling that a particular case might be problematic, prepare! Though it may not be possible ahead of time, try to learn and to familiarize yourself with any relevant terms of art, or with a list of names beforehand.  This will help increase your initial accuracy and will make you more at ease as the proceedings unfold.

  1. Stay up-to-date

Industry tools and equipment are a significant part of your job.  Ensure that your computer and any other stenographic equipment is current and well-maintained.

  1. Conclusion

Developing your skills will come over time. The more you practice your profession, the more proficient you will become.  Following these guidelines can help you serve your clients with confidence and professionalism.

Call one of our locations today, conveniently located in Whitby and Barrie to book a court reporter for a meeting or a mediation, or even to discuss a court reporting position with OTR. We look forward to discussing your court reporting needs.