There are so many things associated with the job of court reporters. While it generally is more of a serious job there are a lot of fun facts about court reporting that not a lot of people are aware of. So what are the fun facts about court reporting?

1. There were scribes present with our Nation’s Founding Fathers as the Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights were drafted. As well as, President Lincoln entrusted scribes to record the Emancipation Proclamation.

2. Charles Dickens began his career as a court reporter while he was 16 years old. It was during this four-year career as a court reporter and law clerk that he first learned how to use short-hand. Michelle Pfeiffer also studied to be a court reporter before the roles that made her famous.

3. Capturing the record of important proceedings has dated back to the Fourth Century B.C.

4. A stenotype keyboard only has 22 keys on it and because of this fact court reporters can type over 225 words per minute.

5. There is another method of court reporting which is referred to as the “masked method”. This is where a court reporter will record the deposition and then transcribe the recording later.

6. Due to present-day technology court reporters can work remotely with video access and the internet. Some people believe that court reporters would be replaced by further advances in technology but all it has done is made it easier for court reporters to do their job. It has been proven that the human touch just can’t be replaced when it comes to the importance of court reporting.

7. The first stenograph machine that was used punched holes in paper, this was used until ink to paper trays were invented.

8. Even after the stenotype machine was invented many court reporters wrote by hand. The last handwritten transcript was recorded in the early 1970s.

9. The profession actually dates back to the 4th century, which is the first time that shorthand was discovered. It was found being inscribed in a stone slab. There were also court reporters documented working in court rooms in Julius Caesar’s day. Early ancient scribes used paper notebooks and shorthand or speed writing techniques to ensure they got everything down just like today.

10. The court reporting profession is expected to grow up to 14% in the coming years and is moving into separate avenues as well such as live reporting, video depositions and real time reporting.

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Court reporting is a serious business, but that doesn’t mean that some humor doesn’t come from the most benign situations. We hope you enjoyed these fun facts about court reporting. If you need a last minute court reporter we are here for you contact us today for more information!