The Best Court Reporters Possess These 5 Qualities

The Best Court Reporters Possess These 5 Qualities

Posted by Hand Court Reporting on May 31, 2017 10:42:06 AM

When you're involved in a lawsuit, you want the best court reporter on your team. They create critical, word-for-word transcriptions of all the legal proceedings throughout your case, from depositions and administrative hearings, to trial testimony and any other pertinent events. These will form the official record of your case, so it's important you hire a dependable court reporter with a specialized skill to ensure it's perfect and to set the stage for victory.

Like any occupation, all court reporters are not created equal. The best possess several key characteristics that set them apart from the rest of the pack and help them excel at what they do.

Keep the following skills in mind to help you find the right court reporter for your case:

1. Accuracy

Accuracy is the hallmark of a great court reporter. Meticulous transcriptions are integral to your case, and therefore, it's vital they are free from errors, typos, and misplaced punctuation.

2. Speed

A court reporter must be able to type quickly, with precision. Court reporters must not only keep up with any and all speakers throughout a case, but also their identities and physical movements, such as if a witness is asked to point to where they were injured. With so much to keep a record of, speed is an important skill of a successful and accurate court reporter.

3. Reliability

The transcription your court reporter creates will become the backbone of your case, so they must be reliable. Trust is imperative, especially during legal proceedings, so a solid court reporter should be able to consistently craft exceptional, near-flawless transcriptions. Dependability is a clear indication of excellence and high professional standards.

4. Experience

Experienced court reporters have honed and perfected their technical skills throughout the years and are considered experts, both in and outside of the courtroom. You want a court reporter who is experienced and takes pride in their track record.

5. Concentration

Trials, depositions, and other legal proceedings can be long and tedious. A professional court reporter will always be at the top of their game, regardless of this. They will remain alert and attentive, and attuned to every detail of your case.


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