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7 Tips to Becoming a Real Time Court Reporter

The fastest of the most competent court reporters are destined to become real-time court reporters. Increased pay comes hand in hand with the increase of pressure. The demand for real-time reporters has increased drastically in recent years because courtrooms want the instant access that comes with a real-time feed.

7 tips for becoming a real-time court reporter are below:

1.     Graduate from court reporting school. First and foremost, a court reporting certificate is needed before becoming a real-time court reporter.

2.     Gain some experience in the court reporting world before pursuing real-time. It is important to get practice and perfect your skill before committing to the high pressure of real-time.

3.     Make sure that you have all of the necessary equipment. Some of the necessary equipment includes: a CAT system with real-time translation, the ability to run a cable to the attorneys’ computers, a fast laptop computer – must have the necessary amounts of USB ports, null modem cable which can hook up to three attorneys, extension cords, surge protector, and duct tape for wires.

4.     Real-time comes with added pressure, it is important to have confidence in yourself and your work.

5.     Edit as you work, this will save you a lot of time later.

6.     Arrive at depositions early, so that you can set up all of your equipment.

7.     Be prepared to print and send (or email) transcripts immediately after the deposition, depending on which they request.

If you would like to make yourself irreplaceable in the court reporting profession, you will become a real-time reporter. Additionally, working real-time cases can be more interesting and it also makes editing transcripts go faster since you make small edits as you go.  

Huseby has real-time court reporters ready to take on your case. Schedule today, at