A History of Court Reporting  

        An important cog in the wheel when it comes to the smooth functioning of the judicial system is a court reporter. The history of court reporting starts with the invention of shorthand, and shorthand’s history starts with a man who was known as Marcus Tullius Tiro.

        It was around 63 BC when Tiro, who used to take dictations from Roman lawyer and philosopher Cicero, came up with symbols and abbreviations, and soon others in Rome started following his method.

        It is said that novelist Charles Dickens first introduced shorthand to the court, when he started work as a junior law clerk. In the US, court reporters and secretaries started using the shorthand method introduced by John Robert Gregg, who came from England and opened schools in Chicago and Boston to teach shorthand. However, Gregg’s method started losing out on popularity with the first stenotype machine made its appearance.

        The beginning of the twentieth century found court reporters experimenting with the option of enhancing their output and producing better quality transcripts, by attaching recording devices to their stenotype machines. The United States military went into a partnership with IBM in the 1950s, to come up with a stenotype machine which could translate typed words and symbols into a number of different languages. The project never saw the light of day, but it did make court reporters lobby for computer-aided stenotype machines.

        Today, court reporters use stenotype machines which are more like computers than typewriting machines; they come with microprocessors, specific keys with sensitivity settings and even LCD screens.WelcomeToWelcomeRocketswag



A History of Court Reporting

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