COURT REPORTING AS A CAREER
Court reporters, also called shorthand reporters, use a stenotype machine to record verbatim notes of court proceedings, depositions, hearings and meetings. From these notes they produce accurate transcripts.
Court reporters report civil and criminal trials; freelance reporters report depositions, arbitrations, business and convention sessions.
Most reporters now use computer-aided transcription (CAT) where a digital record can be made on a disk or memory unit in addition to the standard paper tape. This technology allows a translation of steno notes almost instantaneously, which, in turn, provides useful technological support and service to court systems and attorneys.
Official Court Reporter Deposition/Freelance Court Reporter
Hearing Reporter Realtime Classroom Captioner
Medical Transcriptionist Legal Assistant
Realtime Captioner Court Reporter Scopist or Proofreader
Income varies depending on the type of reporting jobs and experience of the individual reporter. The median income for court reporting is approximately $50,000 to $60,000 per year. However, earning potential is only limited by the amount of time court reporters are willing to work.
Official court reporters, court reporters that work in the court system, can earn a salary plus a per-page fee for transcripts. Freelance/deposition reporters are paid per job and receive a per-page fee for transcripts.
Average base salaries for court reporters in the court system within California are listed below:
Kern County $67,515.76 - $82,422.86 annually - plus transcripts
Ventura County $72,593.61 - $85,418.27 annually - plus transcripts
Alameda County $76,966.50 - $93,444.00 annually - plus transcripts
Los Angeles County $83,925.84 - $98,757.84 annually - plus transcripts
COURT REPORTING SCHOOL STAFF
HIred as a Reader in April of 2018, Brittany is the newest member of the CTRP staff. She has 3 beautiful children. She loves being a soccer mom, helping others and going to the stock car races. Her racing roots are traced back to a local racing family in the Bakersfield area.
Lisa has been the Academic Instructor since June, 2009. She has been a licensed CSR since February, 1983. She worked as a court reporter and a freelance deposition reporter. Her academic experience includes teaching Court and Deposition Procedures, Legal Terminology, Ethics, Punctuation, Grammar, Vocabulary and Transcript Prep.
Sharon is a CTRP Reader by morning and Office Clerk in the afternoon. She joined our team in October of 2017 and enjoys motivating people with her optimistic attitude. Sharon is married with 3 children and 7 grandchildren. Her favorite things to do are spending time with her family, laughing, road trips and anything beach-related. She lives by the motto: "Never say Never."
Elizabeth started with WESTEC as a student and became a Reader in February of 2018. She is knowledgeable in Steno and continues to learn as a reader. She enjoys cooking, laughing and spending time with her family.
GARY F. SHAW
Originally hired as a Reader at Bakersfield College’s court reporting school in February of 2007, Gary came to the Taft College at WESTEC program as one of the original Readers of the program in the Fall of 2007. He was promoted to Program Coordinator in 2008 and eventually promoted to Program Manager in 2010. He enjoys spending time with his family, as well as flyfishing, coaching basketball and Texas Hold’em poker.
Originally from Texas, Lisa has been a CTRP Reader since June, 2009. Her articulate reading style adds a touch of flair to our program. She is married and has five children and three grandchildren. She enjoys cooking, reading, being active, and spending time with friends and family.
2,500 Jobs In California
5,500 NEW COURT REPORTING
JOBS PROJECTED ACROSS U.S.
Interested individuals must be high school graduates (diploma or GED) and be able to type on a keyboard at least 35 words per minute (wpm).
The first class taken in sequence for Court Reporting is Theory. The Theory class is a structured course where students will learn how to write words in the English language using strokes on the steno machine. Students should be able to write between 40 and 60 wpm in steno at the completion of the course.
Upon successfully completing the Theory class, students will start Speed Building. The Speed-Building courses are typically offered year-round. The goal is to reach a speed of 225 to 240 wpm and qualify to take the State examinations.
JO ANN SHIVE
Jo Ann launched into semi-retirement as a regular Reader in December, 2017. She will continue to contribute to the program as a substitute Reader and Website contributor. She is from Bakersfield and loves to bake, read books, and do “crafty” things in her spare time. She is married, has two sons and two grandsons.
STARTS JUNE 10, 2019
If you are interested in enrolling in the Court Reporting program, please contact Gary Shaw at (661) 387-1055 for further information.
In order to become certified shorthand reporters and to take the state examination, students must meet the following requirements -
Transcript Procedures 25
Resource Materials 5
Total Minimum State mandated Academic Hours 660
Total Machine Shorthand & Transcription Hours 2300
The above requirements must be met by successfully completing academic classes such as English, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Medical Terminology, etc., in addition to speed-building dictation classes.