Blake P. Kavanagh
The role of the court reporter is an imperative one – it is their responsibility to ensure that the court proceedings are done accurately and completely. While the use of technology is allowing this role to evolve, all court reporting methods ultimately have one key requirement: properly trained professionals and reliable recording equipment.
Links to related online resources are listed below. Non-digitized publications may
be borrowed from the NCSC Library; call numbers are provided.
Study by NCSC of work of the Superior Courts and the employment and assignment of court reporters in those courts. Compares North Carolina practices to those of South Carolina and Virginia (court reporters), Kentucky (video), and Utah (audio).
Article discusses state and local courts successful use of digital recording as an accurate, cost-effective means to produce and obtain the verbatim court
record. Discusses standards, practices, and procedures in place to ensure the success of the transition from stenographic to digital recording.
Table showing, by trial court, the method used to create the record as well as information regarding its ownership. Data includes who prepares the record, methods used to create the verbatim record (including audio recording, steno type, video recording, and/or voice-writing), who owns the record, and who retains the record.
This tool was developed by the Justice Management Institute with funding and guidance from the National Court Reporters Foundation. Volume 1, The Self-Assessment Guide, provides an overview of record-making technology and its implications for the future, advice on preparing and conducting the self-assessment, and how to develop an action plan. Volume 2, The Resource Manual, provides materials for the self-assessment process. Also available is the Executive Summary, which helps to explain the benefits of moving forward with a systemic review of a court's record-making approach.
The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH), revised every two years by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, provides valuable information about the court reporter career field. Included in the OOH are salary statistics and projected employment statistics.
This report studies the "question of cost savings in California courts by examining similar efforts in the Florida courts, and a side-by-side comparison of court reporting and DR in the Los Angeles Superior Court."
The American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers provides education and certification for professionals engaged in digital reporting, transcribing, and associated roles. AAERT offers networking opportunities for its members and promotes public awareness about the value of digital reporting.