Explore the world of digital court reporting in courtroom and freelance settings. There is a huge need for more digital reporters, and you can work from home.
   
Find out about court proceedings; recording components; and producing Annotations. Learn about the professional integrity; physical and emotional stamina; and terminology needed to be successful in digital reporting. 
   
Finally, get the basics about the tools of the trade, the equipment needed, 
maintenance and troubleshooting; and how digital reporters do research on the Internet.

Digital reporting could be the new career for you.
 
 

CEUs/ILUs: 1.6
Length (in hours): 16

Agenda

Unit 1

Overview of Court Proceedings

  • Categories of law -- statutory, common, administrative, law v. equity, and court opinions.
  • The standard order of criminal and civil trials, including discovery.
  • Commonly used legal terms and phrases, including Latin word roots.
  • The history of digital reporting and court reporting.
  • Jurisdiction of state courts, federal courts, and administrative agencies.

Unit 2

Digital Reporting and Freelance/Depositions

  • Methods of audio recording and recording equipment;
  • Equipment set up, microphone placement, and channel assignment for various proceeding types and room configurations;
  • Setting up a recording in various room configurations;
  • Courtroom and freelance/deposition process, reporter preparation, duties and notes.
  • Swearing in witness and interpreters.

Unit 3

Playback Software and Annotations

  • How to annotate proceedings and important information to include deciphering information within annotations;
  • How to perform basic troubleshooting and equipment testing;
  • How to conduct playbacks;
  • The order of importance -- speaker identifications, notes, time-stamping
  • Sample annotations

Unit 4

Integrity, Stamina, Terminology, and Internet Research

  • The field’s Code of Conduct, ethics, and confidentiality;
  • The importance of physical and emotional stamina;
  • Effective Internet research techniques;
  • Other resources and reference customary to the profession; and
  • Setup techniques via video demonstrations.

Next start date

Feb 7 – Mar 4, 2022