New York court reporters transcribe spoken language into written form. They are most commonly used in official capacities such as court proceedings or the business interactions of major corporations. These transcripts play a vital role in legal proceedings, because it is often necessary to be able to go back and look at exactly what was said to be able to reach important decisions. To become a court reporter one needs to have a lot of natural talent, and receive some specialized training.
One of the most important skills that a court reporter needs to have is the ability to pay attention for long periods of time. Most people can only focus on something for a few minutes at a time before they zone out and start thinking about something else. Court reporters can’t do this because if they zone out even for a few seconds, they might miss something important. A court reporter also needs to be able to type quickly. Specialized training and equipment allows these reporters to be able to type more than 200 words per minute.
It is also crucial that these reporters are fluent in legal language. Lawyers and judges often use special legal terms during court proceedings, and it would be very easy to make crucial mistakes if the reporter did not understand what the lawyer and judge were talking about. These reporters also need to understand medical terminology, and know a lot of business terms. New York court reporting companies who have all of these important skills will be able to do their job adequately, and make transcripts that can be relied on.