Digital Court Reporter Course

digital court reporter

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the growth rate for court reporting salaries is expected to increase by 14 percent through the year 2020.

According to the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers, digital technology in court reporting is used in all 50 states and Canada.

In our effort to “promote the educational transformation of digital court reporters and transcriptionists around the world,” we offer the only Digital Court Reporter online, interactive course specifically tailored and designed to prepare our students to become  Digital (or Electronic) Court Reporters.

At registration, you will have the option of choosing the Digital Court Reporter Course using American spellings (DCR-A) or the Digital Court Reporter Course using British/Canadian spellings (DCR-B).  Both courses have the same content, however, the DCR-A course is specifically designed for students in the United States, using American spellings.  The DCR-B course is specifically designed for students in Canada and other commonwealth countries and uses British and/or Canadian spellings.

In these Digital Court Reporter courses, you’ll receive comprehensive lessons, enjoyable, fun quizzes, thorough reviews, and exams that have been carefully prepared and designed for successful online learning at home.

We expect our students to spend approximately 8 – 12 hours per week learning and studying the principles taught.  If you do not have this much time to spend on the course, no worries.  Once you register and pay for the course, you have access to it for 365 days!  The quizzes, reviews, tests and final examination questions are presented to our students in a random format.  The questions for all quizzes and tests are selected from a larger pool of questions and therefore no two students will necessarily be asked the same questions.  As well, if a student were to select the option of retaking a quiz or review, the questions may not be exactly the same as they were on the original quiz or review.

Each lesson includes an introduction from your instructor, detailed instruction, review exercises and quizzes to assist in comprehension and absorption of new concepts, online tests, and a preview of your next lesson.  Every quiz and test is marked immediately so you know what your marks are at all times as you progress through the course.  Your instructor also receives an email notification each time you take a quiz, test review and test, and is available to assist you whenever necessary.

The Digital Court Reporter 10 to 12 week course is designed to guide you though the principles, terms and techniques that are used by successful Digital Court Reporters/Monitors and is in the format called “Modules”.   Each Module is intended to be taken over the duration of one week.   For those students wishing to obtain their Certificate in a shorter duration, we offer “accelerated” learning.  We’re certain our students will gain expertise in digital court recording and transcription techniques that will assist each one in obtaining employment in the exciting field of court reporting.

Course Outline

  • This course is designed to provide students with the ability to record, playback, transcribe, edit, and proofread legal transcripts for correct grammar, spelling, punctuation and word usage.
  • Students will study the role of a digital (electronic) reporter and transcriber.
  • Students will learn decorum, principles and procedures, annotations, demonstrating the importance of confidentiality and ethics required in the profession.
  • Students will receive instruction in the set-up and operation of digital court recording and playing equipment and apply proofreading principles to materials and/or recordings.
  • Students will study technology used in digital court reporting and transcript production.

Course Learning Outcomes

The student will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Operate digital recording and playing equipment.
  2. Proofread documents for errors in spelling, grammar, punctuation, and syntax and word usage.
  3. Confidently use legal terminology.
  4. Maintain annotations.
  5. Apply correct terminology in legal proceedings such as party identification, document identification and court official recognition.
  6. Proofread transcripts against recordings.
  7. Demonstrate transcript format set-up in Microsoft Word.
  8. Explain the role and responsibilities of a digital court reporter, legal videographer and transcriber.
  9. Respond to visual messages in a manner that ensures effective communication.
  10. Locate, select and organize information using appropriate technology and information systems.
  11. Analyze, evaluate and apply relevant information from a variety of sources.
  12. Manage the use of time and other resources to complete lessons, quizzes, assignments and exams.


A detailed course outline is available to all students once registration is complete and payment of tuition has been received.

Topics covered in each Module

  • Module 1

     Setting up and monitoring recording equipment; logging proceedings; performing playbacks; maintaining secure, organized storage; producing accurate & timely transcripts; maintaining confidentiality; six universally accepted methods of court reporting; digital court reporter’s responsibilities; the work environment; decorum.

  • Module 2

     The role of the digital transcriptionist; history of audio recording; advantages of digital recording and transcribing; legal terminology; Latin maxims; French maxims.

  • Module 3

     Homonyms 101, 102, 103, 104.

  • Module 4

     Commonly confused words; unique American versus British/Canadian spellings; spelling – EI and IE words

  • Module 5

     Capitalization, non-capitalization, numbers, money, dates, times, major and minor punctuation marks, the period, the question mark.

  • Module 6

     The comma, the semicolon, the colon, the dash, the hyphen, quotation marks, apostrophes & possessives, italics, ellipsis points, abbreviations.

  • Module 7

     Medical terminology; ethics for the court reporter; researching techniques; proofreading skills; Transcription Assignment – short speech.

  • Module 8

     Annotations; producing transcripts using Microsoft Word; e-transcripts; setting up your home office; Transcription Assignment – jury charge.

  • Module 9

     Working with a Legal Videographer; Transcription Assignments – submissions and question & answer.

  • Module 10

     Transcription Assignments – legal colloquy, jury charge, submissions, question & answer; preparation for professional certification.

These lessons require the use of a computer with access to the Internet, a USB port, a professional head set, and a USB foot pedal.   You will need Express Scribe software.  Click here to order yours today.

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