The process of making a deposit has become much more advanced and, in turn, increased the skills a reporter must have to perform well and remain in demand. The main role of the reporter is to give testimony or some kind of record. This extends to documenting different types of deposits, opening negotiations, legal proceedings, and arbitration sessions.
Everything they write in the documentation is taken verbatim. This requires them to have excellent listening skills and multitasking skills. Reporters must be able to type quickly while hearing every word that is spoken. Verbatim legal reporting uses computer-aided transcription services.
Verbatim court reporting has evolved with technological trends and currently includes many types of transcription beyond this basic type of record keeping. Some verbatim court reports are produced electronically.
Microphones are installed throughout the courtroom so everything could be heard clearly. This allows the recording to be transcribed later. Courtrooms with obstructions or poor sound quality may benefit from this type of court reporting. This is the latest technology in court reporting. Reporters do not have to manually capture information in real-time.
Law firms use reporters to perform office tasks that require the skills the reporter has. The most common use of reporters outside of litigation is to write bail warrants for attorneys.
Lawyers often rely on litigation assistance to find the best court reporters. Litigation assistance provides a whistleblower benefit to ensure they have the right experience.