Court Reporter

Court Reporter in the United States

Person responsible for recording court proceedings. Court reporters typically use special stenotype machines to make a verbatim record of all proceedings. Taped recordings are used in some jurisdictions instead of court reporters. Transcripts from stenotype tapes are produced for all cases pursuing some issue on appeal.

Analysis and Relevance

Court reporters are court employees and part of the courtroom work group. Court reporters are salaried staff, but are separately compensated for transcribing court records for appeals. It is the transcript of a proceeding that provides the record of asserted mistakes or errors claimed by the party pursuing appeal. For example, if a criminal defendant claims a jury instruction was prejudicial, the transcript of the judge’s instruction becomes the focus of appellate court review. In some jurisdictions, the reporter is responsible for the care of physical evidence used in a case. Once the case concludes, ongoing responsibility for the preservation of evidence is transferred to the court clerk. [1]

Concept of Court reporter and its use in Law Libraries

A Court reporter is a set of law books in which the cumulative opinions of the courts of a state or federal government are published in a timely manner and in uniform format to facilitate reference.

In law libraries, court reporters are cataloged by librarians as continuing resources, which means a publication in any medium, as issued over time with no predetermined conclusion, including bibliographic resources issued successively in discrete parts and integrating resources into which updates are incorporated without remaining discrete. Examples include serials (periodicals, newspapers, etc.), monographic series, and updating loose-leaf services, databases, and Web sites.

Court Reporter Definition in the context of the Federal Court System

A person who makes a word-for-word record of what is said in court, generally by using a stenographic machine or audio recording, and then produces a transcript of the proceedings upon request.

United States Court Reporters A-Z

A alphabetical list of U.S. court reporters:


Notes and References

  1. Definition of Court Reporter from the American Law Dictionary, 1991, California

See Also

Court Reporter: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Court Reporter. This part provides references, in relation to Court Reporter, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Court Reporter by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Court Reporter and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Court Reporter or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Court Reporter and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Court Reporter. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Court Reporter should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Court Reporter when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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