One very important thing that you need to know with regards to court reporting is the fact that it involves certain equipment and equally certain skills as well to use the said equipment in transcribing spoken words into verbatim written record. If you are just a regular observer and does not have any background experience using steno machine, you will surely be mystified with the twenty-two buttons that is possess. You may end up thinking about how there are only twenty-two buttons when in fact, there are twenty-six letters in the alphabet. It is not only about how unusual the equipment being used in court reporting is, it has something to do with the skill of the court reporting because their ability to transcribe words into text will certainly put even the fastest typist to shame. That is not it at all as we want you to know that the modern equipment being used by court reporters enable them to transcribe words to text in real-time. Through this, court reporting has evolved and it continues to become an interesting field that will surely pique your curiosity.
Another thing about court reporting that you have to be aware of is the fact that it is all about the machine being used. Court reporting is a process by which court reporters are using steno machines to transcribe, word-for-word, whatever is spoken into text. If you have seen a steno machine in the past, you will see how it has lesser keys when compared to a normal keyboard. To give you an idea on how a steno machine works, well, it gives court reporters the chance of writing words based on the syllables of the words, not on the letters of each word. The structure of the steno machine goes like this: the buttons that are laid out with the keys on the left, they represent the beginning sound of a syllable; the keys on the middle represent the middle sound of a syllable, and; as for the keys on the right, they represent the ending sound of a syllable.
Because of how the middle sound is a syllable is for a vowel sound and the beginning and ending sounds are for consonants, this lead to them being grouped accordingly and are positioned in such a way that the left hand enters the beginning consonant while the right hand enters the ending consonant. And since syllables have the tendency of starting and ending with the letter S, you will that there are two S in the steno machine, the same with the letters T, P, and R as well.
What we have here are the things that you should learn when it comes to court reporting.