Court reporters, also called shorthand reporters, use a stenotype machine to record verbatim notes of court proceedings, depositions, hearings and meetings. From these notes they produce accurate transcripts.
Court reporters report civil and criminal trials; freelance reporters report depositions, arbitrations, business and convention sessions.
Most reporters now use computer-aided transcription (CAT) where a digital record can be made on a disk or memory unit. This technology allows a translation of steno notes almost instantaneously, which, in turn, provides useful technological support and service to court systems and attorneys.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE
(Diploma or GED)
Must demonstrate the ability to type a minimum of 35 words a minute (wpm) on a computer keyboard. Contact the Program Manager for details.
The first class taken in sequence for Court Reporting is Theory followed by Speed-building and then Academic classes required by the Court Reporters Board .
The Theory class is a structured course where students will learn how to write dictated English words in "steno" using strokes on a steno machine.
BEGINNING THEORY INFORMATION
CONTACT GARY SHAW FOR THE NEXT BEGINNING THEORY CLASS
Students should be able to write between 40 and 60 wpm in steno at the completion of Theory class.
Upon successfully completing the Theory class, students will start Speed Building.
The Speed-Building courses are typically offered in the Spring and Fall Semesters through Taft College.
The goal is to reach a speed of
225 to 240 WPM and qualify to take the State Dictation examination.
The State Dictation examination consists of a 10 minute 4-Voice test at 200 WPM.
In addition to passing the Dictation test, applicants must pass an English test and a Professional Practices test in order to receive their CSR license
In order to become certified shorthand reporters (CSR) and to take the state examination, students must meet the following requirements -
Transcript Procedures 25
Resource Materials 5
Total Minimum Academic Hours - 660
Total Machine Shorthand &
Transcription Hours -- 2300
The above requirements can be met through taking certain academic classes (i.e. English, Criminal Justice, Medical Terminology, etc.) as well as Core court reporting courses through Taft College
THE COURT REPORTERS BOARD OF CALIFORNIA
2535 CAPITOL OAKS DRIVE, SUITE 230
SACRAMENTO, CA 95833
(877) 327-5272 (916) 263-3660
CHECK OUT THE STUDENT BROCHURE FROM THE CALIFORNIA COURT REPORTERS BOARD