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How do steno-machine keyboards work?

stenomachine2Steno machines or stenographs are small laptop-like devices that court reporters use to take down what is said in the deposition or courtroom as it is being said. They have a keyboard similar to a laptop, but anyone familiar with a standard QWERTY keyboard layout would find a steno machine’s keyboard to look like Klingon.

To maximize typing speed and recorded intonations, these machines are built to type phonetic sounds instead of letters. In order to do this court reporters must press multiple keys at once to ensure that the proper sound and inflection is noted for later use.

How many words can court reporters write per minute?

To be qualified as a legal, certified court reporter, you must have a typing speed of up to 200 words per minute with an overall accuracy rate of 97.5%.

How do you become a certified court reporter?

To become a certified court reporter you must sit for the state examination for court reporters and earn your Certified Shorthand Reporter license. Only once you’ve received a certification of completion from a state-recognized court reporting school will you be eligible for the exam.

All court reporters must be licensed by the state that they work in, however, many court reporting companies and independent court reporters have gone out of their way to further their education and receive additional certification from the National Court Reporting Association (NCRA).

Will court reporters be replaced by recording devices?

recording2Not anytime soon. Recording devices have been around since the late 1800s, but they have yet to overtake humans when it comes to accurately reading a room and recording what is said, how it is said, why that is significant, distinguishing between accents and formatting the proceedings in both a digital and text format.

Because the recording devices used today need as much manual operation as a stenograph does, it becomes a rather redundant thing to have. AMK Reporting offers state-of-the art technologies including the latest digital recording devices, video monitors and ultra high speed wifi.

Does AMK Reporting offer services outside Orange County?

Yes! We offer a full spectrum of services for depositions and cases including real time reporting, transcript production, legal videography and more across California and the nation. Our team works closely with legal assistants and attorneys in cases across the country.

Does AMK Reporting offer its services in all areas of practice?

Yes! AMK provides its services to law offices and lawyers in all areas of practice from criminal and civil litigation to family law and wills and trusts cases.

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