Court Reporters

Florida Courtroom Reporters Defense

As you tap away into a tiny machine during court trials, depositions, hearings and other official proceedings, your job as a court reporter is to create verbatim transcripts of what is going on around you – all to provide written proof of the verbal exchanges taking place for future scrutiny and use. Your job, in other words, is to ensure that the spoken word is accurately recorded. What is happening as many of us observe you, however, is not the mere typing of words into a laptop. As you deftly press multiple keys on the steno-type machine at the same time, you are electronically recording combinations of letters that represent sounds, words, or phrases. Court reporting technology also permits you to create text that appears on real-time display screens, similar to closed captioning on television. If you are a ‘steno-captioner’ we may also find you working at TV stations, sporting events, and a variety of other businesses as well. Among your biggest responsibilities as a court reporter is your ability to maintain accuracy, since misspellings and grammatical errors have the capacity to alter the entire meaning of what is being said at any given time during a proceeding. Depositions, trials, legal proceedings, meetings and other legal matters that require written records rely on the speed and accuracy with which you can perform. No one knows better than you that good court reporters are in high demand and many stay attached to selected law firms, companies and judges for their entire careers. Aside from superb hearing and listening ability, excellent vocabulary, a keen knowledge of English grammar and the awareness of the current events and business practices, you must also possess a finely tuned knowledge of criminal procedures, appellate procedures and legal terminology. The errors and omissions insurance you carry may not go far enough if your license, issued by the Department of Consumer Affairs’ Court Reporters Board of Florida, comes into question.