Specialized ProfessionIamA Court Reporter. I use a shorthand language to type at speeds potentially over 300+ words per minute. AMA!
Apr 19th 2017 by Clearly_Opaque • 36 Questions • 77 Points
My short bio: Hey, all. There seemed to be some interest in me doing an AMA after I posted in /r/hockey last night, so here I am!
I'm a 28-year-old guy living in Ontario, Canada. I graduated in 2011 and have been a court reporter for the past six years.
Please feel free to ask me anything at all, and I'll do my best to answer all questions (assuming there are any, lol).
Just because I think it might be helpful to anybody wondering what this is or how our shorthand language works, this is what our keyboard layout looks like, and this short video gives a pretty decent idea of what the best of us are capable of.
Not overly impressive. I generally hover around 80wpm but get closer to the 100-110wpm range when I'm focused on transcribing.
Your pros are exactly the reason I'm looking at this. I am of childbearing age and preparing to start a family, and I would like to work from home during my children's more dependent years. Medical transcription is dying, but I do IC work for a woman who has per diem court depositions and what not. So I do have a little court experience, just not stenography, per se. I do transcription for Geico right now and my company offers court reporting school, which I very much plan to use in the future.
I plan on getting the court reporting experience because it's a requirement for home-based closed captioning, which also pays a pretty penny.
Thanks for answering!!
Sounds like you've got a great plan for yourself! No problem, and all the best!
Do they call lawyers barristers in Canada? Is the legal system 50% like that of England's and 50% of the USA's?
Lawyers, barristers, and solicitors all exist here too. And no, our legal system is our own, not a 50/50 combo of the UK's and US's, lol. It's similar in all the relevant ways that typical legal systems in Western countries are.
First off, thanks for answering a bunch of questions in the /r/hockey thread. That was super interesting.
Simple question: Would you eat the moon if it was made of cheese? What about barbecued spare ribs, would you eat it then?
No problem at all! I was happy to do it.
And hell yeah! Heck, I'd have seconds!
Funniest court transcript you ever typed ? Did you ever experience any meltdowns in the courtroom?
And as far as meltdowns go, yeah. The room can get pretty heated depending on the topic or case being discussed. Lawyers arguing with other lawyers happens most often, or sometimes with witnesses, but the biggest "meltdowns" usually come from cases where something really bad happened, like a murder/sexual assault/child abuse, etc.
Wanna buy me a pizza?
What's been your most frivolous purchase?
What started you on this path?
If all things were equal, what's 1 thing in the world you'd get rid of?
What's been the highlight of your life so far?
Hmm, Well, I technically do want to buy "me" a pizza... so, yes?
An Alienware gaming laptop that was absurdly expensive. Probably the dumbest and most irresponsible thing I've ever done, lol.
I was a kid out of high school who had just finished a year of Psychology and a year of Architecture, not really liking either one. Somebody told me there was a job where you could caption sports/television from your home... I was on a plane to school out west about 3 months later, lol.
Eh, boring personal stuff I guess, lol.