There are quite a number of things that you have to be aware of when it comes to court reporting such as the fact that it involves the use of certain pieces of equipment and equally certain skills to use the pieces of equipment to transcribe spoken words into 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. We are sure as well that you will be confused about the twenty-two buttoned machine, especially if you recall how the alphabet has twenty-six letters. 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. 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. Through this, court reporting has evolved and it continues to become an interesting field that will surely pique your curiosity.
The next thing about court reporting that you should know of is that it all started with the use of the machine. Court reporting is a process by which court reporters are using steno machines to transcribe, word-for-word, whatever is spoken into text. For those of you out there who may have seen a real steno machine, surely, you noticed how it has fewer keys compared to a typical keyboard. If you are confused on how steno machines work, well, they actually do by means of allowing court reporters to write words in accordance to their syllables, not on 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. 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.