There are so man things about court reporting that you have to be aware of and one of which is the fact that it involves certain equipment and equally specific skills when it comes to using the said equipment to transcribe a spoken word into a verbatim written record. For those of you out there who only casually observe, we are sure that you will be mystified by the twenty-two buttons that steno machines have. For sure, you will start to ask yourself how such a thing happen when the alphabet comprises of twenty-six letters. The unusualness of the equipment used in court reporting is one thing, the ability of court reporters to transcribe words into text at a speed that will put the fastest typist to shame is another. In addition to that, you have to be aware of the fact that the modern court reporting equipment that we are using today allows for real-time transcriptions. At present, court reporting has started to evolve and it will continue to become interesting and useful.
There are other things regarding court reporting that you should be aware of such as that it all began with the machine. We want you to know as well that court reporting is a process by which court reporters are making the most use of steno machines to transcribe spoken words, detail by detail, into written text. You will see how a steno machine has far fewer keys in comparison to a regular keyboard. Steno machine works by allowing court reporters to write words in accordance to the syllables of the words, not the letters of every 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.
Due to the fact that the middle sound of a syllable is intended for a vowel sound, the beginning and the ending sounds are, more or less, consonants and with this, they are grouped accordingly and are placed in such a way that the left hand enters the beginning consonant and the right hand with the ending consonant. Because of how there are instances when syllables can start with the same letter, the steno machine actually has two keys for letters P, S, R, and also, T.
All these and more are the things that you must learn about when it comes to court reporting.