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Highly accurate records and transcripts of court proceedings are critical to the administration of justice. Court reporters maintain the courtroom record and produce transcripts of court proceedings according to strict standards.
- produce verbatim records of proceedings in the form of certified transcripts by using shorthand, stenotype, or stenomask methods
- read back testimony in court proceedings, and edit and proofread draft transcripts
- complete research of names and other facts
- meet strict delivery deadlines and perform related services
- assist judges, counsel, and other court personnel in accurately recording the minutes and rulings of court proceedings
- maintain related records and reports as required by law or policy governing court operations and procedures.
Official court reporters in a U.S. district court must have at least four years of experience in prime court reporting, or in the freelance field of service, or a combination of this experience. They also must have passed the test to be listed on the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) registry of professional reporters, or passed an equivalent qualifying examination. Courts are increasingly seeking certified realtime reporters who must pass additional examinations.