Despite all the advancements in speech-to-text software, when it comes to the courtroom, a human touch is required to create a perfect transcript. Court reporters work diligently to maintain very high standards of accuracy in their transcriptions—97.5% just to qualify, in fact. When you picture a courtroom, even if your knowledge mostly comes from film and television, you probably picture someone sitting on the sidelines of the trial typing on a stenotype machine—that’s the court reporter. It’s their job to provide a perfect record of the proceedings, giving that audio recordings can be hampered by errant noise or soft spoken speech. To learn about the trade we spoke with Cassandra Caldarella, a court reporter in Orange County. Tell us about your current position, and how long you’ve been at it. I am an official court reporter at The Superior Court of California, County of Orange. I’ve been there for only four months. Prior to that, I was a pro tempore reporter for that court and for Los Angeles Superior Court. I was also an official court reporter for Los Angeles Superior Court for four years. I started court reporting school in 2003 and qualified to take the state exam in… Read full this story
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