Brown School of Court Reporting
Court reporters are in the middle of dramatic courtroom proceedings from high-profile criminal cases to white collar crime and so much more. The accurate recording of courtroom testimony is critical when lawyers want to exercise their right to appeal their client’s case. The attorneys look to the official transcript created by the court reporter to provide an accurate record of what transpired during their case.
There are two ways to record courtroom proceedings–stenography or voice writing. Students at Brown can choose which method they want to study. Our students demonstrate mastery of these skills by passing the required tests at 225 wpm with 95% accuracy to be eligible for graduation.
Court reporters can choose to work inside or outside the courtroom. According to the National Court Reporters Association only about 27 percent of court reporters actually work in court. The majority are hired by attorneys, companies, associations and other organizations to accurately document pretrial testimony, depositions, business meetings and much more. They can also be hired to provide live captioning for television.
Compensation and compensation methods for court reporters vary with the type of reporting job, the experience of the individual reporter, the level of certification achieved, and the region of the country. Official court reporters earn a salary and a per-page fee for transcripts. Many salaried court reporters supplement their income by doing freelance work. Freelance court reporters are paid per job and receive a per-page fee for transcripts.