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Court Reporter / Stenographer

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Court Reporter
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(thousands per year)*
€20 -  
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Trainee: 20k +
Data Source(s):
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Last Updated: March, 2011

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
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At a Glance... header image

Takes note of and records every word said (verbatim) in a court of law for future reference.


The Work header image

There are two main reasons for reporting what happens in court. In long cases, lawyers need to see a transcript of the day's proceedings to remind them of what has taken place and help them prepare for the next stage of the case. When a case goes to an appeal court, a record of the original case is used by legal professionals to help them prepare and to see how decisions were reached at the time.  
 
Court reporters listen carefully to the court proceedings. They record them by using a computer-aided transcription (CAT) system. This system enables reporters to input whole words or phrases at the touch of a button. Depending on the system used, some reporters must wait until the end of the day to transfer their record from computer disk to a word processor before they can produce a transcript. It is the court reporter's responsibility to produce a clear and accurate transcript. They may have to edit their text to make sure it is grammatically correct and easy to understand.  
 
They may check legal details in libraries. They can also work for political conferences or public enquiries, industrial tribunals, or may record parliamentary debates. Many reporters are bilingual and their work may take them to countries outside Ireland. You have to sit concentrating fully for long periods of time.

 


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Record verbatim proceedings of courts, legislative assemblies, committee meetings, and other proceedings, using computerized recording equipment, electronic stenograph machines, or stenomasks.

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Take notes in shorthand or use a stenotype or shorthand machine that prints letters on a paper tape.

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Record symbols on computer storage media and use computer aided transcription to translate and display them as text.

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Provide transcripts of proceedings upon request of judges, lawyers, or the public.

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Transcribe recorded proceedings in accordance with established formats.

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File a legible transcript of records of a court case with the court clerk's office.

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Ask speakers to clarify inaudible statements.

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File and store shorthand notes of court session.

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Record depositions and other proceedings for attorneys.

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Respond to requests during court sessions to read portions of the proceedings already recorded.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Documenting/Recording Information:  Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:  Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:  Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.

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Processing Information:  Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:  Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Getting Information:  Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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Interacting With Computers:  Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:  Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Performing Administrative Activities:  Performing day-to-day administrative tasks such as maintaining information files and processing paperwork.

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Communicating with Persons Outside Organization:  Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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English Language:  Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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Clerical:  Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

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Computers and Electronics:  Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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Law and Government:  Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

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Customer and Personal Service:  Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Reading Comprehension:   Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

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Active Listening:   Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Writing:   Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

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Speaking:   Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Critical Thinking:   Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Active Learning:   Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Monitoring:   Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Time Management:   Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Service Orientation:   Actively looking for ways to help people.

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Complex Problem Solving:   Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

You must have good powers of concentration and the ability to pay close attention to detail. You must have excellent written and spoken English language skills, to produce grammatically correct edited transcripts. You must have good hearing.  
 
A good understanding of legal terms and jargon is also important. You must be capable of speedy and accurate work, so very strong listening skills and a high level of concentration are crucial. Shorthand speeds of over 180 words per minute are essential for experienced court reporters.


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Organisation: Courts Service
  Address: 15-24 Phoenix Street North. Smithfield, Dublin 7
  Tel: (01) 888 6000
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