What do court reporters do?

Court reporters:

  • record every word that is said during the proceeding. At trial, upon request of the judge, the reporter will read back testimony of a witness or a statement of counsel.
  • prepare transcripts—written booklets containing what was said at a particular court session—often for a fee, upon the request of a party or the judge. (Defendants are sometimes entitled to free transcripts, often because they can’t afford them.)

For information on a related topic, see Is a court reporter always present during a criminal case?

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