Hiring a Court Reporter? Look for these Characteristics

When looking to hire a court reporter in Denver, you want to find someone who is professional, reputable, and qualified. Not all court reporters have the same set of qualifications, skills, and experience. Not hiring the properly qualified and skilled court reporter could jeopardize your deposition or case.

Here are 3 important factors to consider when hiring a court reporter:

  1. The Court Reporter’s Certifications

At a minimum, the court reporter should hold a state or national license or certification. In addition to that, there are many other advanced certifications a court reporter can earn from the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA). Depending on the needs and intricacies of the deposition or case, you may need a court reporter holding one of the advanced certifications.

NCRA offers the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification, the Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), and the Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR). The RPR is the entry-level certification, in which candidates must pass examinations testing speed and accuracy skills as well as knowledge. Next, earning a RMR shows that the court reporter has established themselves and is more advanced. NCRA reports that only about 16% of RPRs have earned their RMR. Finally, the RDR is the highest level of certification. These are the elite court reporters!

Along with those advanced certifications, a court reporter could also be certified in realtime reporting (CRR) or realtime captioning (CRC). If your case will need realtime reporting services, it is important to find a certified reporter.

  1. The Court Reporter’s Experience

Some depositions, such as medical cases, are highly technical and require a court reporter who is experienced with handling the technical terminology. If your case is highly technical, it is important to ask for a court reporter who is experienced in that particular field.

  1. The Court Reporter’s Professionalism

A quality court reporter performs their job with the upmost professionalism. Key characteristics of such professionalism include integrity, impartiality, organization, focus, and punctuality. Integrity and impartiality are important, because it is essential for court reporters to produce transcripts and services that are unbiased and accurate. Additionally, court reporters must be highly organized and focused in order to ensure that all of the minute details have been accurately captured.

Looking for a court reporter in Denver? 

Stevens-Koenig Reporting offers an extensive array of court reporting services in Denver, Colorado as well as around the country. Our certified deposition court reporters are trained in realtime, video and verbatim court reporting and can manage any size case in any size firm. Contact us at 303-988-8470.

 

Source: http://www.ncra.org/Certifications/content.cfm?ItemNumber=8657&navItemNumber=516