Byrnes’ Verbatim Record from Trial of the Century

A Look Back in Time: The Verbatim Record

The court reporter who produced a verbatim record of the Trial of the Century is now called by George E. Mowry, a historian of the Progressive Era, “the most influential Southern member of Congress between John Calhoun and Lyndon Johnson.” It’s fitting that during Court Reporting and Captioning Week CompuScripts takes a look at one of South Carolina’s best-known court reporters of yesteryear who produced verbatim records, James F. Byrnes. (more…)

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2018 Court Reporting & Captioning Week

Court Reporting & Captioning Week Starts Today

The National Court Reporters Association’s Court Reporting & Captioning Week began Saturday and runs through February 17. Modern court reporters do wonderful work not only as guardians of the record in a courtroom or conference room, but also as a vital communication bridge for deaf and hard of hearing people who depend on their stenographic skills to provide real-time captions for television broadcasts, webinars, church services, live sporting events, and more. (more…)

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2016 Court Reporting & Captioning Week

Perspective by Debbie Dusseljee, CompuScripts President

As Court Reporting & Captioning Week draws to a close, I’d like to share a brief synopsis of my career to pique your interest in the professional life and career of a court reporter. While you will hear some people voice concerns about technological advances in voice recognition rendering us obsolete, I see expanding opportunities for using yet another tool in the advancement in the art of capturing the spoken word as written text. You will always need a neutral guardian to verify the integrity of a legal record, and into the foreseeable future, there are many environments where sounds cannot be processed exclusively by machinery. Harkening back to my Trekkie days, even in Star Trek’s original series, I remember there was a court reporter in its two-part episode of “The Menagerie” when Spock was on trial. (more…)

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What CompuScripts Court Reporters Can Do For You

At CompuScripts Court Reporters, we like to focus on what we can do for you, our clients.  We can schedule reporters locally and nationwide, capture a witness’s deposition on video, or host your videoconference.  But today, we’re asking you to do something for us:  Encourage the student in your life to become a court reporter.

Why?  Because court reporting is a vital part of the legal industry.   Whether covering a court or deposition proceeding, reporters are the official guardians of the spoken word.  The demand for court reporters is expected to increase by ten percent over the next seven years, so if a young person in your life is searching for a career path, ask the following questions:  Do you have good language skills?  Are you comfortable with technology?  Do you have good keyboard skills?  Do you thrive under pressure?  Are you interested in managing your own time?  Students who answer affirmatively are excellent candidates for court reporting, and in South Carolina, they may embark on a court reporting path as high school freshmen.

Beginning in the ninth grade, a South Carolina student develops an IGP, or Individual Graduation Plan.  The IGP is based on the “major” the student chooses from one of 16 career clusters, and it’s designed to help that student choose the type and level of coursework that will prepare him or her for a program of study after high school graduation.   Career clusters include such areas of study as Architecture and Construction, Education and Training, and Health Science.   Court reporting is found in the Business, Management and Administration cluster.  In addition to the core coursework required by the state of South Carolina for graduation, students interested in a court reporting career are also encourage to enroll in elective courses such as information Technology Foundations, Introduction to Law, Business English and Grammar, and Personal Dictionary Development.

Consider the following facts provided by the National Court Reporters Association:   Over 100 community and proprietary schools in the United States offer education and training in court reporting.  A career in court reporting offers flexible hours, full-time salaries that are above the U.S. median, and certification that can be achieved in two to four years.   So if you’re a part of the legal profession, suggest that your favorite student investigate a career in court reporting.  We’ll all be glad you did!

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