What Do Court Reporters Do

Court reporters (also named certified shorthand reporters) need to record every word that is spoken at an official court proceeding. The court proceeding could be a hearing or a trial. Instead of using a pencil to put it all to paper or making use of a regular word processor (with …

Gregg Shorthand and the Smart Pen

Gregg Shorthand is named after John Robert Gregg who invented the system. It actually consists of a pen stenography system that became pretty popular in America at the beginning of the 20th century. However, the invention of mechanical stenography systems cause, the Gregg Shorthand system to loose its popularity. Up …

Court Reporter – Have a GED? You Make Six Figures Without a College Degree

Many Americans are overloaded with student debt. They often are questioning the value of having a college degree. Consider the alternative that’s described in this post, and study for a top-paying profession that’s crying out for employees and comes with relatively little costs.

If you don’t have a high school diploma but you are willing to learn and get the GED diploma, and then learn shorthand code and get familiar with court reporting job, you could have a really good future.

Getting a GED might seem challenging but it’s not that complicated. There are many (free) resources. Read more about practice tests for the GED by Covcell here, they have the largest collection of GED practice tests and video lessons. Just bookmark their page and you can be prepared for the GED within 4 weeks.

Okay, let’s talk about being a Court Reporter. There are ‘stenographic court reporters’ and ‘voice-writing court reporters’ and these specialists are highly skilled people that often usually work in courtrooms and are the persons who produce court reports. They may also be employed at deposition suites that are found across America or at some places.

Court reporters (especially steno writers) need some four years of education and a lot of training-on-the-job. They require certification and there are three bodies in the US that are responsible for that, the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA), the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA), and the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT). There are states that use their own certification system, but by and large, certification is granted by these three bodies.

Continue reading

Shorthand Writer – Stenographer

Generally, shorthand systems are using phonetic representations of words, not the way we are used to spell them. English spelling is represented by 26 letters, and 50 speech sounds. Take a look at the hurdles you need to overcome and the problems you may come across if you want to learn …

Stenography – How Does It Work

Stenography is a shorthand typing form that’s done on special machines that allow for the simultaneous production of a verbatim transcript that can be used, for example, in courts. Stenographers are working alongside speakers when they, for instance, produce live subtitles for television purposes. What Do Stenographers Do? Well-trained QWERTY …

Read Theory – Reading Comprehension

For good shorthand writing, the understanding the concepts of ‘Reading Comprehension’ is crucial. Check out these elements of the subject field, and in case you want to work for a Court, you must be able to read in a perfect manner. The following is definitely not a complete overview of …

Court Services Careers

If you want to get involved in working for the Courts, check out the available options. This is not a complete listing of all possibilities but we just want to give you an idea of your options: Case Administrator A case administrator is for attorneys and the public the ‘face’ …

The Stenograph – How Does It Work?

Have you ever wondered what that thing is that court reporters are always using? Well, that thing is called a stenographic machine, or ‘stenograph’. This type of machines is also used to produce captions for TV broadcasts, live streaming transcripts at meetings and at schools, and for office stenography in …

Teeline Shorthand – How To Write Faster

Teeline is a relatively new way for shorthand writing mainly used in the UK and other parts of  British Commonwealth. There are also Teeline applications for some Germanic languages like German and Swedish. The Teeline Shorthand System is recognized by the British National Council for the Training of Journalists. Teeline was …

What Is Court Etiquette?

Before students will visit and explore a court, it is crucial that they understand a little about the ‘etiquette; that’s required in court. Before setting out on a tour through one our nation’s court rooms, educators should discuss and explain a lot of the Courthouse Dos & Donts to their …