When people picture a court reporter, they often think of the individuals who sit in courtrooms and type on those stenotype machines. However, did you know that a majority of court reporters work outside of the courthouse? In fact, according to the NCRA, over 70 percent of America’s 35,000-plus court reporters work outside of the courtroom.
There are two main categories of court reporters: freelance and official. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the differences between the two.
Official Court Reporters
When you think about the court reporter in the courtroom recording a trial on her stenotype machine, you’re thinking about an official court reporter. These types of court reporters are employed by the judicial system. It is their responsibility to take the spoken word and transcribe it into text during legal proceedings in the courtroom. They must ensure that they produce an accurate and complete record of the proceedings.
Freelance Court Reporters
Freelance reporters, on the other hand, are typically independent contractors or work for a court reporting firm. They are hired by law firms and other organizations to cover depositions, arbitrations, meetings, business sessions, and more. Due to the varying types of assignments, freelance reporters often travel to different locations.
Even though they may not work in a courtroom, freelance reporters still play a significant role in the legal process. Take a deposition, for example. During a deposition, a court reporter is not only needed to accurately record a witness’s oral testimony, but he can also administer an oath to the witness and swear them in. They, too, ensure an accurate and complete record of the proceedings.
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