A Look at the Training and Credentials Needed for Court Reporting

Court reporters are highly trained professionals who must adhere to specific education and licensing rules. Before you hire court reporters in San Jose to assist with your deposition or legal proceeding, make sure that they have the appropriate credentials required under California law.

Court reporters go through several steps to become licensed in California. They must attend a state-approved court reporting program that includes training in English, law and medical terminology, transcript preparation, computer technology, California and Federal laws that apply to court reporting and on-the-job training. Overall, they must complete a minimum of 660 academic hours and 2,300 hundred hours of work on a stenograph machine. Court reporters must also pass the state licensing exam. The exam consists of three portions of grammar, law and technical terminology and stenographic skills testing. To pass, court reporters type at least 200 words per minute with 97.5% accuracy. Court reporters must also pass a criminal background check and renew their license annually to be eligible for reporting assignments in legal matters in California.

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