- 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?