Court Reporting Profession


Court reporters are present during all courtroom proceedings. They are responsible for utilizing either stenotype machines or electronic voice reporting devices to accurately record every word that is spoken during courtroom events. No matter what type of device is used to record the information being conveyed in the courtroom, a courtroom reporter must work quickly.


Most courtroom reporters use stenotype machines, which require typing skills of more than 200 words per minute. Courtroom reporters who use voice reporting devices must be capable of listening to testimony and the words spoken by attorneys and the judge, and then repeating everything that is spoken into a microphone that converts the spoken words into text.


A court reporter has several specific duties, including setting up the equipment that will be used during legal proceedings, sitting through entire proceedings while listening carefully to and recording every spoken word, reviewing completed transcripts, making edits to transcripts, completing final transcript drafts, and providing copies of the final transcripts to everyone involved in the case.


The essential skills for this profession include having excellent grammar and spelling, possessing the ability to focus on and listen to continuing testimony while either typing or repeating the words verbatim into a voice recording device, and being capable of working quickly. In order to receive the proper court reporting training, aspiring courtroom reporters must complete an educational and training program. Some states require that courtroom reporters be licensed, and the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) offers certification.


Court Reporting Schools & Programs

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Penn Foster Schools

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Ashworth College

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Ashworth College

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Court Reporting Institute

Train to become a court reporter at the Court Reporting Institute

Dallas - Texas
Houston - Texas
Miami-Jacobs Career College

Train for a rewarding career at Miami-Jacobs Career College.

Dayton - Ohio
Columbus - Ohio
Cincinnati - Ohio
McCann School of Business & Technology

Prepare for a rewarding career at McCann School of Business and Technology.

Pottsville - Pennsylvania
Scranton - Pennsylvania
Sunbury - Pennsylvania
Carlisle - Pennsylvania
Academy of Court Reporting

Prepare for an exciting career in the legal system at The Academy of Court Reporting.

Clawson - Michigan
Cleveland - Ohio
Bryan College

Get your career started with training from Bryan College.

Rancho Cordova - California
Los Angeles - California
Fortis College

Get the skills and training you need for a great career at Fortis College. * Programs vary by location * Please contact each individual campus for accreditation information * Fortis College - Indianapolis advertising code is AC-0163.

Norfolk - Virginia
Dayton - Ohio
Kingston - Pennsylvania
Sumner College

Start a new career in as little as 7 months with an education from Sumner College.

Portland - Oregon
Business Informatics Center

Prepare for your career with a degree from Business Informatics Center.

Valley Stream - New York
Key College

Give your career a boost with a degree from Key College. We offer associate degrees in court reporting, paralegal studies, medical administration, and computer aided drafting and design.

Dania - Florida

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