Court Reporters – Becoming A Great Real Time Court Reporter


A San Diego court reporter I work with passed the California Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) test 18 months ago. She is a hard worker and has a great attitude. I am careful to give her work that won’t be too difficult, and I am proud of her because she won’t take a job (has declined to report a trial with possible daily rough drafts) because she is not sure she is ready and cares about her reputation with the clients.

In chatting with this court reporter, I found out that it takes her about five hours to scope 100 pages. Her theory was not a realtime theory (neither was mine). Here are my suggestions for this young court reporter:

1. Use smart prefixes and suffixes with your CAT software. About 10 years ago I deleted my main dictionary and started all over again because it was such a huge mess with over 250K entries. I had gone from globaling everything and anything to being a realtime court reporter, so my writing completely changed. I got out my Taber’s Medical Dictionary and sat there for four hours inputting medical suffixes and prefixes. I suggest getting a prefix/suffix dictionary or website and input them into your main dictionary.

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