Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners

Also called: Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR), Court Monitor, Court Recorder, Court Recording Monitor, Court Reporter

Court Reporters and Simultaneous Captioners


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Court reporters and simultaneous captioners Use verbatim methods and equipment to capture, store, retrieve, and transcribe pretrial and trial proceedings or other information. Includes steno captioners who operate computerized stenographic captioning equipment to provide captions of live or prerecorded broadcasts for hearing-impaired viewers.

  • Record verbatim proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies, committee meetings, and other proceedings, using computerized recording equipment, electronic stenograph machines, or stenomasks.
  • Proofread transcripts for correct spelling of words.
  • Ask speakers to clarify inaudible statements.
  • Provide transcripts of proceedings upon request of judges, lawyers, or the public.
  • Transcribe recorded proceedings in accordance with established formats.
  • Log and store exhibits from court proceedings.
  • File and store shorthand notes of court session.
  • File a legible transcript of records of a court case with the court clerk's office.
  • Verify accuracy of transcripts by checking copies against original records of proceedings and accuracy of rulings by checking with judges.
  • Respond to requests during court sessions to read portions of the proceedings already recorded.
  • Record symbols on computer storage media and use computer aided transcription to translate and display them as text.
  • Take notes in shorthand or use a stenotype or shorthand machine that prints letters on a paper tape.
  • Type court orders for judges.
  • Record depositions and other proceedings for attorneys.
Work Context
  • Importance of Being Exact or Accurate — 96% responded "Extremely important".
  • Indoors, Environmentally Controlled — 92% responded "Every day".
  • Contact With Others — 83% responded "Constant contact with others".
  • Face-to-Face Discussions — 92% responded "Every day".
  • Spend Time Sitting — 79% responded "Continually or almost continually".
  • Electronic Mail — 68% responded "Every day".
  • Work With Work Group or Team — 69% responded "Extremely important".
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Work Activities
  • Documenting/Recording Information — Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
  • Interacting With Computers — Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge — Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates — Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
  • Processing Information — Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work — Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
  • Performing Administrative Activities — Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.
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Detailed Work Activities
  • Proofread documents, records, or other files to ensure accuracy.
  • Process forensic or legal evidence in accordance with procedures.
  • Prepare legal documents.
  • Type documents.
  • Record information from legal proceedings.
  • Provide information to the general public.
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English Language
  • Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Computers and Electronics
  • Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
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Active Listening
  • Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Reading Comprehension
  • Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Talking to others to convey information effectively.
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Oral Comprehension
  • The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Speech Recognition
  • The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Written Expression
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Written Comprehension
  • The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
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People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Persistence
  • Initiative
  • Leadership
  • Cooperation
  • Concern for Others
  • Social Orientation
  • Self Control
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You might use software like this on the job:

Enterprise resource planning ERP software
  • ReporterWorks Hot Technology
  • Acculaw Court Reporters Billing Scheduling Job Management System ABSMS Hot Technology
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Word processing software
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
  • ProCAT Winner
  • Stenograph Case CATalyst
  • Stenovations Digital CAT
  • Thomson West LiveNote
  • VocEdit
  • HTH Engineering Start-Stop PowerPlay
  • Gigatron StenoCAT
  • Advantage Software Total Eclipse
  • AudioScribe SpeechCAT
  • Cheetah International SmartCAT
  • Electronic Transcript Software ProTEXT
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