Court Reporters make word-for-word reports of court cases, speeches, and other meetings. They write the words that are spoken and these reports are called legal records. These records must be perfect. Court Reporters are a very important part of our legal system.
• Record what is said in a courtroom.
• Take statements for lawyers.
• Organize official records.
• Read reports and fix mistakes.
Where and When:
• Most Court Reporters work in courthouses.
• Many have home offices and work for themselves.
• This work requires people to sit for long periods of time, and can risk hurting wrists, back, neck or eyes because they do the same motion for long periods.
What or Who They Work With:
• Stenotype machines (like computer keyboards) that allow Court Reporters to enter whole phrases and not just letters.
• Voice writing machines where a Court Reporter speaks into a mask with a microphone, repeating every word said.
• Court Reporters work with judges, lawyers, and company executives.
Education and Training:
• Special program after high school, often an Associate's Degree.
• Must have excellent listening and writing skills.
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