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What do you do if your court reporting school loses its accreditation?

May 22, 2017 11:29 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

If you attend a court reporting school that is accredited by ACICS, you need to read this. According to the NCRA article regarding the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS), “Accreditation is a status granted to an institution that meets or exceeds the stated criteria of educational quality. The purpose of accreditation is to assess and enhance the educational quality of an institution, to assure consistency in institutional operations, to promote institutional improvement, and to provide for public accountability.” The Department of Education has removed the ACICS as an accrediting organization leaving the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)... View Article

What does it take to be an expert witness?

March 6, 2017 11:43 am Published by Leave your thoughts

On television, it might seem that an expert witness can appear at any time to testify in any situation but in real life, it takes experience and preparation. Before agreeing, be sure you understand the rules and expectations. Federal Rule 702 defines Expert Witness  You can’t just walk off the street, even as a professional, and testify. The federal government defines expert testimony in Rule 702 as, “A witness who is qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education if” the following is applicable: The scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge will make it easier to understand... View Article

Where can you find court reporters?

August 6, 2016 8:32 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

When many court reporters began their careers they never imagined they’d be able to work outside the courtroom but it’s happening more every year. Technological developments and the internet have opened opportunities inside and outside the legal field. Where can you find court reporters? Almost anywhere! Traditionally reporters were found in a legal setting and they’re still needed. In fact, within the next few years there’s an expected shortage of more than 5,000 reporters. If you’re thinking of choosing or changing careers, this could be a great option for you! Inside the Courtroom In a legal setting reporters are found... View Article

Rules of Etiquette When Working With a Court Reporter

July 20, 2016 10:52 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When taking a deposition, there are many unspoken rules of etiquette when working with a court reporter that allow them to provide the most accurate transcription possible. Whether you are a seasoned attorney or a relatively new to depositions, your court reporter will be greatly appreciative of your following these simple practices. Location Matters. Some witnesses may be soft spoken and thus difficult to hear. Be sure to seat the court reporter close to the witness so that they can capture every word. For the Record. Always verbalize when you are speaking on or off the record. While your tone... View Article

5 Benefits of Being a Court Reporter

July 6, 2016 6:30 am Published by Leave your thoughts

If you’re thinking about a new career or are just entering the working world, we want you to consider court reporting. The benefits of being a court reporter extend beyond the courtroom to the business world due in part to the evolution of livestream video and webinars. We’re excited to be part of this growing field and hope you are too. Here are five benefits of being a court reporter: No Four Year Degree Required. Whether you choose an online or in-person program, you can be working as a court reporter in as few as two years. Not only that... View Article