reporters create word-for-word transcriptions at trials,
depositions, and other legal proceedings. Many are
self-employed and work in the court system as an
independent contractor. This often leaves time for other
kinds of transcription jobs such as providing captioning
for television and real-time translation for deaf or
hard-of-hearing people at public events, or in business
Minimal preparation includes studies in:
English grammar and phonetics
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One of the talents that every court
reporter must absolutely master is that of keeping a
straight face through some of the absurd comments from
witnesses, attorneys, and judges. Here are some examples
I've lifted from
a Tumblr web page:
ATTORNEY: What was the first thing
your husband said to you that morning?
WITNESS: He said, ‘Where am I, Cathy?’
ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you?
WITNESS: My name is Susan!
ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the
WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active?
WITNESS: No, I just lie there.