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What Does a Court Reporter Do?
A court reporter, officially known as a certified shorthand reporter, must record everything that is said during official court proceedings. The proceeding might be a trial or a hearing. Rather than using a pencil and paper or a regular word processor that has a full keyboard, the court reporter uses a stenographic machine that has just 22 keys. Using those 22 keys, a court reporter can make symbols on a narrow strip of paper in the stenographic machine to record what is said in court. The stenographic machine has a computer to help convert the symbols into English.
A court reporter must also read out loud in court portions of what he or she has transcribed on the stenographic machine when the judge instructs the court reporter to do so.
A court reporter must also prepare an official written transcript of the proceeding.
How Does Someone Become A Court Reporter?
To become a certified shorthand reporter for the State of California Superior Court, a person must:
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How do I obtain a transcript?
Q: How much does a transcript cost?
Q: If we have paid for reporter fees, why don't we get a free transcript?
Q: How much do you charge a page?