5 Ways You Can Make Your Court Reporter's Job Easier

Posted on: 4 June 2015

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Because cameras are not allowed in court rooms in many states, people rely on court reporters to make sure that there is a full record of each and every court case. A court reporter from a place like G & M Court Reporters & Video will produce what is called a transcript, or document containing everything that is said in the court, all of the evidence that is presented, and the order in which these two items come up during the case. If you are relying on the court reporter for his or her transcript of the case, here are five pieces of information that you can provide in order to make her job easier.

1. Provide the Information for the Case Caption

Every transcript that you look at should include a title page with the case caption. A case caption consists of the names of both the plaintiff and the defendant, the name of the court in which the case was tried, the docket number, and the title of the action that was performed. Because you know that every transcript is going to need this, consider printing out the information ahead of time and giving it directly to your court reporter as soon as you see him or her.

 2. Collect Business Cards Of Everyone in the Room

A court reporter will also need to list the appearance of everyone that is in the room during a court case, including contact information. If you can collect the business cards of you and any partners in attendance, as well as business cards from your peers on the other side of the room, you will be able to save a great deal of time.

3. Make a List of Spellings

If you know that the case that's being tried is going to include a lot of technical terminology that the average person would not know how to spell, consider making a list of these terms and providing it to the reporter so that he or she has the information in front of her while typing. This will save you and your reporter a lot of spell checking in the future and help ensure that she doesn't have to ask you for exact spellings every minute or so.

4. Tell Your Reporter the Format For the Transcript When You Order One

Finally, give your reporter a list with your order information for the transcript, including how you would like it delivered and what format would be the most useful for you.

For more information, talk to your court reporter before the case.