Court Reporters

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Also known as:  Court Recording Monitor, Court Stenographer, Court Transcriber, Deposition Reporter, Stenocaptioner, Voice Writing Reporter

ABOUT COURT REPORTER CAREERS

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When it is essential to have an exact record of what people said, the services of court reporters are needed. They are strained to quickly create a record of testimony, speeches, conversations, legal proceedings, and other events.

Court reporters even take down the words of our nation's lawma ...
kers in congress. In courtrooms, the court reporter makes the only legal record of events. He or she might be called upon to read back testimony during the trial, and the court reporter's work is cited during legal appeals.

Court reporters usually complete a two- or four- year training program at a post-secondary technical school or community college in order to learn a highly specific technical language in career school or two-year colleges. They work on stenotype machines, typing several keys at once to record sound combinations that can then be translated into a transcript.

In recent years, court reporters have moved into the field of providing instant translations for the deaf and hard of hearing. Called "closed captioning," these real-time readouts of commentary and dialogue allow people with hearing challenges to understand live television events.

Court reporters must have excellent listening skills, as well as good English, grammar, and punctuation skills. Excellent hearing is a must. Words are important, whether on television, in a courtroom, in a deposition, or in congress In effect, court reporters are providing us with instant, objective history.
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Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes stenocaptioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.
Leadership
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Critical decision making
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Level of responsibilities
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Job challenge and pressure to meet deadlines
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Dealing and handling conflict
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Competition for this position
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Communication with others
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Work closely with team members, clients etc.
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Comfort of the work setting
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Exposure to extreme environmental conditions
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Exposure to job hazards
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Physical demands
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Respond to requests during court sessions to read portions of the proceedings already recorded.
Verify accuracy of transcripts by checking copies against original records of proceedings and accuracy of rulings by checking with judges.
File a legible transcript of records of a court case with the court clerk's office.
Provide transcripts of proceedings upon request of judges, lawyers, or the public.
Take notes in shorthand or use a stenotype or shorthand machine that prints letters on a paper tape.
File and store shorthand notes of court session.
Transcribe recorded proceedings in accordance with established formats.
Record symbols on computer storage media and use computer aided transcription to translate and display them as text.
Record verbatim proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies, committee meetings, and other proceedings, using computerized recording equipment, electronic stenograph machines, or stenomasks.
Ask speakers to clarify inaudible statements.
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Documenting/Recording Information Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
Interacting With Computers Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
Getting Information Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
Processing Information Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
Performing Administrative Activities Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
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English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Law and Government Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
Economics and Accounting Knowledge of economic and accounting principles and practices, the financial markets, banking and the analysis and reporting of financial data.
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Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
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Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
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