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3 Things Court Reporters Want You To Know

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Court reporters are the individuals in the courtroom that you see typing at a rapid speed in an attempt to capture every word said in court proceedings. Their fingers are flying at speeds in excess of 200 words per minute. They have a stressful job. It lies on their shoulders to catch every detail of the proceeding. If information is omitted, it could end up causing a whole host of problems. This is the last thing anyone wants. However, there are a few things that court reporters want you to know about the process to better help them out.

Speak clearly.

Regardless of what you might have to say, it isn't going to do any good if no one can hear you. Speaking too quietly is going to result in the word inaudible appearing on your court transcripts. This isn't going to help if you have to go back through the transcripts in an attempt to prove a point or bring up an inaccuracy. Court reporters aren't necessarily comfortable with disrupting attorneys in the middle of a case to tell them to speak up. It results in a world of problems for both parties. Just remember to speak loud and clear whenever in the courtroom to ensure the reporter can hear what you have to say.

Read slowly.

Oftentimes, people end up going into hyper mode when they are asked to read information off a document. Reporters are able to keep up with the speed at which a person talks, but they cannot keep up when you are mumbling and muffling your words. Slow down and make sure you pronounce your words properly. This ensures the reporter types the information up properly.

Use plain English.

Just about every profession will have lingo that is specific to the industry. Medical malpractice cases are loaded with jargon that can be very confusing for court reporters. Try to speak in terms that everyone is going to understand. Not only will this help with the transcription process, but it also ensures that everyone knows what it is that you are trying to say. With so many similar terms out there, you need to make sure that the reporter knows exactly what you are saying to prevent any possible confusion.

In going through the information above, you can help court reporters get the information in the transcripts right and eliminate all of the missing information.


3 December 2015