April 11, 2019
Court reporting is a job that is always in demand and the better you are at it, the more money you can make.
As a court reporter, you may come across witnesses or attorneys who are speedy talkers or are soft-spoken. Rather than staying silent and endangering the accuracy of the transcript, speak up and be assertive to clarify your doubts whenever necessary. Don’t hesitate to stop a proceeding, if you need clarification on spellings or if you need to ask for repetition to produce an accurate record.
Court reporters are also required to maintain neutrality on cases they are working on. They should simply record what is spoken and should not communicate their views about the case after the testimony hearing is over. The best court reporters treat each party alike, offering similar services at similar rates to all the parties.
Earning a license in court reporting and working as a court reporter for some time shouldn’t stop you from learning further. In order to be a successful court reporter, to have job security, to earn a high salary, and to control your work schedule, you should continuously upgrade your skills. Keep improving your typing speed, listening, writing, and transcription skills.
The irony of wearing a white suit is that ideally it presents a very clean look, yet white is the easiest material to get dirty. White can look very dirty just from sitting in a dusty room. Dirty looking suits can send the wrong subconscious messages.
Never forget where you set your paper steno notes down, which can sometimes wind up in unusual places. Sometimes steno notes can get scattered by accident as disorganization can present plenty of confusion.
When planning an out of town deposition, it helps to print a copy of the directions if you do not have GPS in your car. The clearer you are on the directions, the more likely you will not get lost or be late for the assignment.
When you are transporting equipment, avoid trying to carry too many items at once, especially if you are dealing with expensive equipment. Always take extra care to make sure the equipment is safely transported.
All court reporters understand that being late is usually a major strike against credibility that could affect future opportunities. Being late to a deposition is not only embarrassing, it causes inconveniences for all parties involved, which becomes hard to forget or forgive.
Court reporters are required to undergo a formal training through an authorized training program. However, it is crucial for them to meet and exceed the training expectations, in order to upgrade their salary and employment options.
Colleen Jilio-Ryan is the Owner of Jilio-Ryan, a Tustin based premiere law consulting firm. The firm along with its certified court reporters is dedicated to providing the highest quality deposition and litigation services to attorneys, insurance companies, and corporations. With her sincere efforts, Colleen is committed to meeting the highest standards of the legal industry, and is an industry leader when it comes to on-time court reporting and deposition scheduling.