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Court reporters and legal videographers bear the responsibility to create and keep the official record of legal proceedings.  The moral authority of court reporters or legal videographers over the record requires impartiality — the official record can’t be entrusted to one having a stake in a proceeding’s outcome. To protect the authority of court reporters

As a freelance court reporter, there are two options available as you begin your reporting career:  an employee of a reporting agency or working for yourself (sole proprietor or independent contractor).  Here are some important things to know about working as an independent contractor in the reporting field.   As an independent contractor: You decide when

I’ve been a trial attorney a long time.  I’ve taken many depositions in many environments throughout the United States.  Whatever the environment, I know what I need from a court reporting agency.  It’s a short list, but it’s essential. I need a court reporting agency to be independent A court reporting firm and its court

What do Freelancer Reporters need to know before covering a trial as an Official Court Reporter? By Brenda Keyser, RDR, CRR, CRC, CME, CLR So you’re a freelance court reporter and you’ve been requested to cover a trial in a courtroom that uses electronic recording.  That’s great!  As reporters, we know that covering a trial

Court reporting agencies have grown and evolved over the years. Today, court reporting is one of the most valuable and important careers when you consider the prevalence of legal issues and lawsuits. However, becoming a court report takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but the career is absolutely worth it for the right

People are always searching for new and exciting career opportunities. Exciting jobs can be great to have, but difficult to find, and even more difficult to obtain. Starting a career as a stenographer, also known as a court reporter, can be very rewarding and lead to great career opportunities for the future. Being a court

Court reporters, or court stenographers as they’re also known, are the people who transcribe virtually every word uttered during legal proceedings. That’s not all they do, though. Many court reporters also provide deposition services, in which they transcribe witnesses’ sworn testimonies given out-of-court. In fact, 70% of the court reporters in the U.S. regularly work

One of the most underrated professions within court rooms is court reporting. Court reporters carry out several functions within our legal system that are essential to keep things running smoothly, and yet they mostly fade to the background. Court reporting, in essence, is transcribing everything happening in a court room as it happens. But most

Although shorthand is important and wholly necessary, stenographers rarely make headlines. But that is changing, thanks to Wisconsin basketball team The Badgers. Basketball player Nigel Hayes startled press conference attendees with some big words, including “onomatopoeia,” “antidisestablishmentarianism,” and “cattywampus.” Hayes offered this explanation to the bewildered press: “Well, that wonderful young lady over there, I

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