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 students.
DO speak in a soft and decent manner and keep up a professional demeanor in stairwells and hallways of the Courthouse you visit.
DO NOT speak in courtrooms while court proceedings are going on.
DO remember where the bathrooms are located (here: on the 2nd floor near to the elevators).
DO NOT bring your totes or heavy backpacks into the Courthouse. This will delay the security proceedings.
Court reporting is as old as our civilization and we’ve seen it professionally being practiced for thousands of years. We can trace back the roots of court reports all the way back to 63 BC, when Cicero’s secretary, Marcus Tullius Tiro, was already practicing shorthand court reporting. The profession requires well-developed skills, a broad range of learning and training, and accuracy.
Stenographers are among the highest advanced people in the courtroom and they are the ones that make court reports. They can also be found working in deposition suites all across the nation. Producers of digital recording devices and transcription companies can often be overheard bragging about the ‘evolution’ of court coverage and how their products are better, cheaper, faster, or more reliable than the work produced by stenographers, but the truth of the matter is that, though digital audio recording may generate sufficient records, these recording devices do not necessarily produce accurate documents.