The Role of Court Reporters

What are Court Reporters and How Do They Help Me?

What are court reporters, you ask? Well, if you’ve ever watched an episode of Night Court or Law & Order, the first half of the show is usually devoted to the cops catching the criminal, while the second half is focused on the law dispensing justice. When the district attorney is presenting her case or the defense attorney is questioning witnesses, you might notice someone sitting and typing at a strange-looking keyboard or she might have a large mask covering her mouth. Occasionally, the judge might ask her to read parts of immediate testimony back to the court.

Who is this person?

She’s the court reporter, and she is one of the most important players in the room. Reporters type or speak a word-for-word transcript of court proceedings for trials, depositions, and other legal meetings. Some reporters also do live video captioning for television and real-time translation. This is beneficial for deaf people or those who are hard of hearing, as well as those who are at public events.

Court reporters need to be well-versed in grammar, medical terminology, maritime law, construction defects, and all aspects of litigation. If they don’t understand these terms, how would they know what to write? Their transcripts would be full of errors, and that doesn’t help anybody. They also need to type incredibly fast and accurately.

We Value High Quality Court Reporting

Orange Legal understands this and only employs court reporters that show a high level of proficiency and familiarity in all areas of law.

Orange Legal court reporters also possess many certifications, such as:

  • FPR: The Florida Professional Reporter certification provides the necessary information to be a court reporter in Florida. The certification covers topics such as Florida’s rules of court, ethics, federal rules of court, NCRA advisory opinions, appellate procedures, how transcripts are produced, and more. An exam is given at the end of the seminar.
  • CRR: The Certified Real-time Reporter examination requires judicial reporters to sit for a two-voice Q&A test at a slightly slower speed, maintaining 200 words per minute at 96% accuracy.
  • RPR: The Registered Professional Reporter is the base recommended certificate for court reporters.
  • RMR: A Registered Merit Reporter gets better job assignments, access to speed tests, and recognition as one of the top reporters in the country.
  • And more!

Transcripts are all screened for quality, available for clients to review in real time, and have a final product that is turned around quickly, generally in a week or so.

If you are looking for the best and most in-depth court reporting services, contact Orange Legal today!