Court reporter

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A court reporter or stenographic reporter is a person whose occupation is to transcribe spoken or recorded speech into written form, typically using stenography equipment to produce official transcripts of court hearings, depositions and other official proceedings. Court reporters use either a stenomask or a shorthand system such as stenotype in order to keep up with the flow of speech so that they do not miss any words. The court reporter is often also a notary public who is authorized to administer oaths to witnesses, and who certifies that her or his transcript of the proceedings is a verbatim account of what was said.

Court reporters are also employed by television producers and stations in order to provide closed captioning of live programs for the hearing-impaired.

Court reporters often command earnings which rival those of the attorneys whose speech they transcribe. They also receive personal gratification for the work they do with the hearing impared.

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