People often have questions for court reporters and what their work is like. After working with many court reporters, we want to answer some of the most common question that we hear.
FAQ's About Your Deposition Court Reporter Answered
Look at some of these common questions that we hear about court reporters.
How Do Court Reporter Keyboards Work?
We all know that court reporter keyboards are different than standard keyboards. We have actually already done a blog on this. Basically, when court reporters are typing, they are pressing multiple keystrokes at once and typing sounds instead of letters. This makes it much faster to type all of the words that are stated in the deposition proceeding.
How Many Words a Minute Can Court Reporters Write?
A court reporter is certified to write up to 200 WPM, with at least 97.5% accuracy in order to obtain a to obtain a Certified Shorthand Reporter’s license in California
How Do You Become a Deposition Court Reporter?
In order to become a court reporter, it is necessary to earn a Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) license to work in California. To get this license, you must sit for the state exam. There are many ways to become eligible for the exam, one being receive a verified certificate of satisfactory completion of a prescribed course of study from a CALIFORNIA RECOGNIZED COURT REPORTING SCHOOL. Many court reporters further their education and obtain additional certifications from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA).
Will Deposition Court Reporters Be Replaced by Recording Devices?
Not anytime soon. There is always going to be some human error associated with recording devices, such as a person could forget to hit record, or something else could affect the recording. Also, there is a problem with external issues such as loud noises during an especially important part of the deposition and this will harm the integrity of the audio. Court reporters are the only option to make sure that the transcript is as accurate as possible.
Is There Any Way I Can Help Make a Transcript More Accurate?
There are certain things that you can do during a deposition and a trial to make sure that your court reporter can accurately type everything. Here are some of the top tips that we have for attorneys:
- Don't talk at the same time as the witnesses and other attorneys
- Ask full and complete questions, make them as clear as possible
- Speak slowly and clearly
- Be sure your court reporter has any spelling clarifications before you leave
Finding an Experienced Deposition Court Reporter
It is easier to find an experienced deposition reporter with the help of a court reporting agency. An agency can help you quickly and easily find a court reporter with the skill set required for your proceeding. We want to make it as convenient as possible for lawyers to have a court reporter when they need one, which is why we offer 24-hour scheduling services. If you ever have any questions about our agency or court reporters, we are always happy to help. Give us a call and we will be ready to help you with your court reporting needs.