October 28, 2014

How Detail-Orientation Helps in Court Reporting

By: Colleen Jilio-Ryan | Posted in: court reporter

Court Reporting

Court reporting is an integral part of the law process, which is why attention to detail for the court reporter is so important. Everything in court must be properly recorded in order to have a highly detailed count of what was said in order to better help attorneys. In order to become very detail oriented, there are some tips that court reporters can use while proofreading, editing, and writing.

  • Take time to edit. Writing everything out is usually the easy part, editing is the harder challenge. But don’t let the task of editing frustrate you because of how time consuming it might be. Taking time with your editing means becoming much better at it over time and cutting down your editing time overall.
  • Double check the spelling of names. This includes street names, towns, cities, buildings, and people. Make sure you get all the names right in order to generate a highly accurate report.
  • Proofread in different mediums. You can print out the document or turn it into a .PDF file; either way this can help you spot out any errors quickly and efficiently instead of staying on the same platform.
  • Get rid of any distractions. The most common cause of errors is usually a distraction. That’s why it’s ideal to find a distraction-free area to get all of your editing and proofreading accomplished.
  • Do one more read through. As a court reporter, you have a lot of proofreading to do that is normally broken up into sections. However, before you turn in your final work you should read the entire document in one sitting to make sure it flows easily.
  • Don’t rush it. It isn’t a race to get it finished! The goal is accurate court reporting and sometimes that takes a little bit of time to finish.

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