If you are wondering what a court reporter does, the only thing you need to know is that this person records everything that transpires in the courtroom, unless if the judge specifically instructs for a certain exchange to be stricken from the record.
Court reporting is a career that takes a person and makes him or her part of the judicial system, albeit in a more passive role. If you are interested in becoming a court reporter or stenographer, you should know that the certification varies from state to state, and there are even states that do not require any certification at all, only skills and the ability to type at least 225 words permit. There are also states that require licensing.
The states that do not require certification include New York, Florida, Indiana, Nebraska, Virginia and South Carolina only have voluntary certification programs. On the other hand, Alaska, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming and Wisconsin have nothing in the way of certification at all.
The rest of the states either accept third-party certification like those coming from the National Court Reporters Association, which offer the Registered Professional Reporter certification or offer of reciprocity where you need to also pass state requirements at the same time that you present certification. Still, other states require for their court reporters to pass exams at the state level. You will want to check out the requirements of your state if it does not belong to the list of states that do not have certification requirements.
Court reporting has been around since ancient times, back when the courts started to take shape in the civilized society. However, the machine that court reporters currently use to transcribe called the stenograph machine didn’t appear until 1877. In recent times, the tools for transcribing have included video and other tools, although the court system still requires transcripts of what has happened in court.
Do you have what it takes to become a court reporter or stenographer? Well, that depends on your typing skill. As we said earlier, court reporters are super typists that need to be able to type at least 225 words per minute or even faster. If that is not super fast, we do not now what is, and stenographers train for the job for years before applying for it.