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Court Reporters and Legal Transcription

Court reporters are very special people who are responsible for converting speeches, conversations and all legal proceedings into typed or written transcripts as these are very essential and important records that is required for communication. Transcription work done by the court reporters can fall into any of the following categories:

  • Real time court reporting
  • Steno machine/computer aided court reporting
  • Voice writing method
  • Transcription for the disabled (hearing impaired)
  • Deposition transcriptions at attorney offices (out of the court premise)
  • Transcription of meetings / conventions etc

In the steno machine method reporters have to press multiple keys so that a combination of letters is recorded. Each of these letters represents certain words or sound. These are later transcribed with the help of the computer.

The American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT) certify electronic court reporters. The different types of certifications include, Certified Electronic Court Reporter (CER), Certified Electronic Court Transcriber (CET), and Certified Electronic Court Reporter and Transcriber (CERT). What are the basic skills and requirements to become a good court reporter? Well here is a brief list of requirements to become a court reporter;

  • Active listening skill
  • High accuracy
  • Awareness of current happenings, events
  • High speed work
  • Be able to listen and speak simultaneously
  • Good spelling of names of places / people etc
  • Good legal terminology / vocabulary
  • Knowledge of appellate procedures
  • Good computer literacy

Besides legal transcription, quite often court reporters are also known to assist judges and lawyers with regards to the different court procedures and also in administration.

Managed Outsource Solutions (MOS) is a US based company that offers highly professional yet affordable outsourcing of services in legal transcription with specialization in court proceedings transcription, deposition transcription, verbatim transcription, trial transcription, legal letter transcription, and wiretap transcription services for its clients in the US, Canada the UK and Australia.

About Julie Clements

Julie Clements

Joined the MOS team in March of 2008. Julie Clements has background in the healthcare staffing arena; as well as 6 years as Director of Sales and Marketing at a 4 star resort. Julie was instrumental in the creation of the medical record review division (and new web site); and has especially grown this division along with data conversion of all kinds.