A number of people have preconceptions about court reporting, one of it is that it’s a boring job but in reality it’s not really as boring as what they think it is. Many people think of this job as boring because they only thought of the paperwork these people do without knowing that they are able to witness the roller coaster ride of emotions during court trials.
The Prerequisites in Becoming a Court Reporter
Court reporters will only be qualified to do their job if they are able to pass the licensure examination performed by a group of court reporting experts. There are also organizations for court reporters and it would be best if a person is affiliated to one. In joining a certain organization for court reporters one of the prerequisites involves typing a 250 or 225 words within a minute.
In order to hone their skills further they are required to undergo examinations related to transcription, speed tests and writing examinations as well.
The Job of a Court Reporter
There are other services that court reporters are able to do aside from documentation and transcription of testimonies given by the people involve and the entire court proceedings in general.
– Capture the dialogue of the people inside the court using different pieces of equipment like covered microphones, audio and video recorders as well as stenography machines.
– State the identification of the speaker along with its gestures and movements.
– Play back and reports in any part of the court proceeding is done by them but this will depend on the request of the judge.
– If there are unclear statements from the speakers, they are the ones who will ask for clarification.
– Reevaluate the notes that they have jot down during the court trial and check if the speakers’ names are there and all the jargons used were captured.
– If there are certain errors in the transcripts, they are the ones who will edit it.
– They see to it that the copies of the transcripts are made available to all the people involved in the court proceedings.
– For viewers who have hearing problems, they also provide transcriptions presented on screens.
The above mentioned are just an overview of the usual things that court reporters do. On top of everything else, a report of all the events that took place in the court must be of quality. In making good reports it is very essential for court reporters to be cognizant with grammar, punctuations and spelling after all any alterations might result to a different meaning. Proficiency in spoken and written language is vital for all court reporters for without these skills, they would not be able to produce good quality reports.
It is also a necessity for court reports to know a thing or two about the case so that the their reports are relevant and on point.