South Carolina School of Court Reporting

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921 Edgefield Road, North Augusta, SC 



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They Produce Competent, Proficient Court Reporters and Transcriptionists



Court Reporting

The court reporting profession stems from the desire and necessity to preserve the happenings of yesterday and today for tomorrow. Court reporters are a party to the administration of justice under the law and the court served. 

A court reporter is responsible for the accurate, written word of judicial hearings as well as the keeper of the record for depositions and other proceedings.
They are the person whose occupation is to transcribe spoken or recorded speech into written form to produce official transcripts of court hearings, depositions, and other official proceedings.  The voice writer repeats verbatim what attorneys, witnesses, and others are saying in a proceeding.  In the United States, the court reporter is often also a notary public who is authorized to administer oaths to witnesses, and who certifies that his or her transcript of the proceedings is a verbatim account of what was said.  Court reporters play a critical role in the judicial system by taking down a verbatim record of courtroom testimony using steno or voice writing.  In voice writing, the court rep        orter speaks into a mask-like device which contains a microphone that feeds the reporterís voice into specialized voice recognition and translation software on the reporterís laptop computer. The mask silences the reporterís voice so as not to disturb courtroom proceedings, while the  reporterís software translates the reporterís carefully spoken words into text. To achieve the high speeds and accuracy required, voice writers learn to speak in a kind of shorthand which their software then translates. This text can be read back from the computer screen or printed as a transcript of the proceedings.   

The method of court reporting known as voice writing, formerly called "stenomask," was developed by Horace Webb in the World War II era. Prior to inventing voice writing, Mr. Webb was a Gregg shorthand writer. Gregg shorthand is a multi-level process in which the reporter records the proceedings using shorthand, then dictates from his notes into a tape recorder. The dictation process alone requires two hours for every one hour of testimony.   After the testimony is transferred to audio tape, a transcriptionist types out an official documentation of the proceedings. Mr. Webb wanted to create a reporting method that allowed court reporters to dictate directly during proceedings, eliminating the shorthand process altogether.

Horace Webb and two colleagues spent several years designing the stenomask and perfecting the voice writing method. The court reporter speaks directly into the stenomask a handheld mask with a voice silencer. The silencer prevents the court reporter from disturbing proceedings while repeating everything that occurs during testimony Ė even unspoken answers (head shakes or nods), gestures and reactions.  Unfortunately, the voice writing method did not catch on until the method was tested by the U.S. Navy and adopted by the military justice school in Newport, Rhode Island. From then on, the stenomask method of court reporting gained widespread acceptance.

Voice writers have long been available to make the record through the use of a stenomask with a voice silencer and analog tapes. Voice writers not only repeat every word stated by the attorneys, witnesses, judges and other parties to a proceeding, but also verbally identify the speaker. They even punctuate the text, describe activities as they take place, and in some cases, mark exhibits.
Now, however, new technologies are available to them. Digital recording offers a clearer, better-defined sound track, making transcription easier and even more accurate.

Cutting-edge technology, in the form of speech recognition CAT systems, affords the voice writer the opportunity to have the spoken words instantly turned into text on a laptop computer or computer work station. As a result, the voice writer is now able to produce realtime text feeds within the courtroom and download them in ASCII format for distribution immediately following a proceeding. The equipment used by realtime voice writers can also interface with litigation-support software.

It takes six months to a year to get to an acceptable working speed of 250 words per minute with a 97.5% accuracy rate.


Our Mission

The South Carolina School of Court Reporting is dedicated to maintaining the highest standards. We are very proud of the fact that when our students graduate they are welcomed into the court reporting community because of the knowledge and skills obtained by attending the school. Our training programs provide students with practical knowledge and skills to be competent, professional court reporters.   We develop highly prepared, skilled court reporters who are equipped with the expertise to enter the field of court reporting. 

Company Profile

Founded in 2004 as a court reporting school, The South Carolina School of Court Reporting has since evolved into a training center specializing in the training of court reporters, transcriptionists, voice recognitionists, computer familiarists, WordPerfect specialists, for the expressed purpose of having these legal professionals secure career positions in the related fields in which they desire.

The owner of The South Carolina School of Court Reporting is a member of the South Carolina Court Reporting Association and The National Court Reporting Association.

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P.O. Box 462
          Clearwater, SC 29822
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