If you’re ever in a court room, chances are you’ll see a stenographer. Stenographers are professionals who use a stenotype machine to write down the essence of what happens in courtroom proceedings – which can include: testimonies, sentences, comments, etc. They use a stenotype machine to document and on average can write 200 words or more a minute. Stenographer’s equipment A stenotype, a machine used by stenographers is similar to a typewriter but looks a lot like a piano. A stenographer utilizes this machine by pressing multiple keys at the same time to form words and syllables in one swift motion. This process plays an efficient approach in court reporting. The stenotype does not contain every letter in the English alphabet, so stenographers will often combine letters to form phrases.
The role of stenographers The role of a stenographer is primarily to transcribe records, usually in a legal setting. In addition though, stenographers can also help with clerical tasks to enhance the office operations. They may be asked to write up a variety of materials and reports, set up and maintain files and keep records up-to-date. Neeson and Associates in Toronto, Canada has professional stenographers as part of their court reporting team. These stenographers provide a service called Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART). Neeson and Associates CART providers (stenographers) take note of legal proceedings and deliver written translation verbatim from spoken dialogue. The stenographers at Neeson and Associates perform shorthand speeds of over 225 words per minute. They also have a general accuracy level of 99% or greater and are fully educated on notation for the hearing impaired and those with hearing inflictions. Neeson & Associates is the leading real time court reporting and arbitration service in Canada. Visit for more information on all of their court reporting services or to schedule a deposition.