Condensed Digital Court Reporter

Are you a firm owner, a supervisor or manager of court reporters who desires to improve your team’s skills and productivity, or a professional court reporter or transcriptionist wanting to sharpen your skills?

The International Institute for Transcribers and Court Reporters’ Condensed Digital Court Reporter course may be exactly what you are looking for!

Our Condensed Digital Court Reporter (CDCR) course has been designed specifically for persons already engaged in the court reporting/transcribing field.

This course is designed to provide students with a general review and sharpening of skills with respect to digital/electronic recording, playbacks, transcribing, editing and proofreading transcripts.  Students study the role of the digital/electronic court reporter, the legal videographer, and the legal transcriptionist.

Students learn about the proper set up of digital/electronic recording systems, troubleshooting, placement of microphones, channel distribution, equipment maintenance, and electronic annotations.

The convenient online lessons which are broken down into six “Modules” include:

  • Ethics for the Court Reporter
  • Legal/Medical Terminology
  • Latin and French Maxims
  • Homonyms
  • Proofreading
  • Grammar
  • Spelling
  • Sentence Structure
  • Punctuation
  • Producing Transcripts in Microsoft Word

and much more!

Every student who successfully passes all module tests with a passing grade of 75%, and the four transcription assignments, the final review and the final examination (which requires a passing grade of 90%) will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the IITCR.

Course Outline

    This course is designed to provide students with a review of recording, playback, transcribing, editing, and proofreading transcripts for correct spelling, grammar, punctuation and word usage.  

    Students will study the role of a digital (electronic) court reporter, the legal videographer, and legal transcriptionist.

    Students will learn decorum, annotations, demonstrating the importance of confidentiality and ethics required in the profession.

    Students will review legal and medical terminology.

    Students will receive instruction in the set-up and operation of digital recording and playing equipment and apply proofreading principles to transcripts and/or recordings.

    Students will study technology used in digital court reporting and transcript production.

Course Learning Outcomes

The client will demonstrate the ability to:
1.     Operate digital recording and playing equipment.
2.     Proofread documents for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, syntax and word usage.
3.     Confidently use legal terminology.  
4.     Maintain relevant annotations.
5.     Apply correct terminology in legal proceedings such as party identification, document identification and court official recognition.
6.     Proofread transcripts against recordings.  
7.     Demonstrate transcript set-up in Microsoft Word 2007.
8.     Explain the role and responsibilities of a digital court reporter, the legal videographer and the legal transcriptionist.
9.     Respond to written and/or visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
10.     Locate, select, organize, and document information using appropriate technology and information systems.
11.     Analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
12.     Manage the use of time and other resources to complete lessons, quizzes, assignments and tests.