What is court reporting? A useful quick summary

What is court reporting?

Court reporting is an industry of professional court reporters that use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pre-trial and trial proceedings.


What is a court reporter?

A court reporter is a highly skilled professional that uses a stenotype machine to capture, word-for-word, everything that is said during a court or legal proceeding. In other words, court reporters create a written transcript of everything said during a trial, hearing, pre-trial deposition, etc. These transcripts can be used as an official record, and can be read, searched, and stored electronically.



How do you become a court reporter?

To become a court reporter, you need to enroll in a court reporting program to achieve both your certificate and associate’s degree. There are general education requirements, and you will learn things like machine shorthand theory, court transcription, and court reporting techniques. Here is a list of schools for quick reference.


What does a court reporter do?

A court reporter will transcribe and record oral speech at a legal proceeding into written format. The court reporter is relied on to be highly accurate and will produce a transcript of the proceeding to be used by the parties in an official capacity. Examples of proceedings court reporters may support are oral witness statements, court trials, conferences, hearings, pre-trial depositions, meetings, and arbitrations.


Career statistics

Number of Court Reporters: 14,490 in the United States

Average Annual Wage: $62,390 per year

Average Hourly Wage: $30 per hour

Wage Change: +1.9%

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