Understanding Court Reporting

Understanding Court Reporting

If you are in need of a court reporter to meet your litigation needs, it is important to understand the field of stenography in order to choose the right one for your specific situation. Below is some basic information about stenography and tips on how to choose one that will provide the best service for you, according to an article published by Harlem World Magazine.

History of Stenography
In simple terms, stenography is a technique that uses shorthand in order to allow the typist to record quick-moving conversations as fast and accurately as possible. The use of shorthand is an age-old method of recording that differs significantly from, and is more organized than, what is used in SMS (think of lmao, btw, brb, etc.). Unlike SMS, shorthand is an extremely reputable way of reporting. The roots of shorthand can be traced back well into history, as far as 4th century BC, when the Ancient Greeks used shorthand to communicate through phonetic symbols on marble slabs, which was a resource available in limited quantities at the time. Not surprisingly, shorthand’s usage and structure has evolved significantly since the time of the Greeks.

Understanding Shorthand
In order to pick the right court reporter for your particular needs, it is best to understand the art of shorthand — at least the basics. A short and simple definition of shorthand is that the artform is a preset writing structure that significantly increases the typing speed of the person recording the conversation. While shorthand can be completely incomprehensible to the average person, the typist can quickly and easily decode the terms. Just as important, unlike abbreviations that are typically used and accepted across social media platforms, shorthand has a specific and strict set of rules dating back several decades. Moreover, in order to properly learn and use shorthand a person must take a deep study into the artform and also take several stringent skill tests to become a successful stenographer. Stenography can be a demanding industry, and the best are able to work in the field in courtrooms and high-end private enterprises.

We Can Provide Your Transcription Needs
If you need a court reporter, contact Elizabeth Gallo Court Reporting today. Our team has vast experience with in -person and remote proceedings. We will help support your litigation needs with excellent service. We can ensure high quality, accurate, and fast transcription services and can provide all the assistance you may need for success.

We can also assist with service of process, both locally and internationally. Please contact Ancillary Legal today to learn more.


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