A Court Reporter produces official written transcripts of legal proceedings; for example, in trials, examination for discoveries, and hearings. Also called a Court Stenographer, they provide an accurate, word-for-word, thorough record of these events so that interested parties like lawyers, judges, plaintiffs, defendants, and the jury, can reference them as needed.
To understand the duties of a Court Reporter, it’s important to know the different kinds of Court Reporting. There are many different types of Court Reporters but in this blog, we will be addressing the two most common types:
- Official Court Reporting: this is the most common kind of Court Reporting. Using a stenographer, official Court Reporters write all dialogue in shorthand. Later, it will be transcribed to longhand so that all can read and understand it.
- Electronic Reporting: this kind of Court Reporting is completed using a tape recorder or other recording device. Electronic reporting is normally done in addition to transcription.
Court Reporters may have the most complex job description. This is because many different roles fall under the title of “Court Reporter”. These reporters are essentially in charge of providing transcription and capturing important information.
This could take place through a variety of avenues. A a Court Reporter can only take on tasks that they are certified to do. Here is a list of some of the roles a Court Reporters could be tasked with:
- Provide verbatim transcripts of examinations for discoveries
- To report, proofread and produce computer transcripts
- Commission as a public notary to administer the oath
- Provide both electronic and print trial transcripts to judges and attorneys
- Write verbatim examination for discoveries, statements under oath, and numerous other legal matters, and prepare a transcript for final distribution
- Perform Court Reporting duties in court cases and civil discoveries including recording and transcribing testimony and production of final transcripts
- Identify each participant while transcribing dialogues
- Edit and proofread discoveries for verbatim accuracy
With that said, Court Reporters also work outside of the legal world to provide real-time closed/broadcast captioning services to a broadcast network. Some examples include; sporting events, political speeches, live entertainment events, conventions, and conferences.
In closing, Court Reporters are needed for a variety of services. It should be noted that a Court Reporter could be a significant resource for your law firm, not only as a keeper of the record but throughout the litigation process. The Court Reporter records and transcribes spoken or recorded speech during a legal proceeding into written form. Doing so by using shorthand or voice writing equipment, they create word-for-word documentation.
To book a court reporter for a meeting or a mediation, or even to discuss a court reporting position with On The Record, call one of our locations today, conveniently located in Whitby and Barrie. We look forward to discussing your court reporting or mediation needs.