Online Court Reporting

When one uses the term “online court reporting,” it can mean one of two things: either court reporting services that are done remotely, or online court reporter training. In both cases these are options are possible. Online court reporting both in terms of education and the work itself is a natural result of the advance of internet technology and web based outsourcing and connectivity. This article will look at both types of online court reporting and some related advantages and disadvantages.

Online Court Reporting Education

As regards court reporting education and training, there are indeed a number of reputable online educational programs. Some of these are given by colleges that give in person classes, and some are handled more by exclusively online career schools. These schools can provide all, or nearly all of the training necessary to become a court reporter in an online format.

Unlike some other fields, it’s possible to complete all or almost all of the training for a court reporting degree online. Indeed the very process of court reporting transcription is very online friendly, dealing as it does with the quick and accurate transmission of information. The Computer Aided Transcription process lends itself quite well to internet manipulation, and course materials, often consisting of text or video, are easily exchanged between the student and teacher over the internet.

Advantages of Online Court Reporting Education

There are several advantages to online court reporting education. There are obvious benefits to this type of study such as:

Ability to work at a more relaxed pace

Though online courses do often have deadlines and schedules, they are usually more relaxed than ordinary class schedules due to the fact that all the students don’t have to meet at the same time and place, take tests at the same time, and so on. This makes online study ideal for people who want or need a more relaxed study schedule. Many people studying to be court reporters are career minded individuals who may be working another job while getting court reporter training, and this greater flexibility can be very

Saves time and fuel

Studying online saves time and fuel or other transportation costs due to the fact that the student does not have to take numerous trips to and from the campus to attend classes.

Ability to attend school

There are a variety of circumstances such as distance from an educational institution, schedule issues, or student illness or disability that might other prevent a student from attending classes, or make it particularly inconvenient, but which online training prevents from being an issue. Especially


There are also some disadvantages to getting a court reporter education online.

Lack of personal interaction

The simple lack of in person interaction with teachers and other students can be a disadvantage in online court reporting education. This is a field in which an individual will have to deal extensively with attorneys, judges, judicial staff, plaintiffs and defendants, so experience in face to face communication within the context of the field is quite essential. Granted, when a student begins to work this experience will be quickly gained, but getting practice with the interpersonal side of the business beforehand can help a beginning court reporter to feel more prepared.

Online Court Reporting

Online court reporting, as regards the business itself, is the remote coverage and transcription of a judicial proceeding or other event that uses court reporting or closed captioning. This is a definite possibility and is in fact a necessity in cases when attorneys or other personnel need to represent clients from a distant location. Much of the time online court reporting uses both streaming video and computer aided transcription (CAT) processes to deliver both a visual component and a closed captioned transcription of a proceeding. There are internet based services that specialize in this type of court reporting functionality and market their services to individuals and business of many different types that need remote transcription.

Advantages of Online Court Reporting

Greater Attorney Client Connectivity

Since lawyers often need to get accurate coverage of a court case to best represent clients, being able to get this coverage remotely is a real advantage when dealing with clients at a distance. This not only enlarges the customer base of the attorney but works the other way as well: it allows clients to select from a nationwide pool of lawyers and finding one that can best represent them.

Faster transcription Delivery

Before the advent of the internet, court transcriptions had to be types and then either given to clients in person or sent by regular mail. In the online reporting process, the transcript often consists of real time video along with captions, make the entire process fast and immediate.


There can sometimes be issues with the lack of in person contact between lawyers, transcriptionists, and legal personnel during court proceedings, but these may or may not be especially relevant. If they do exist they concern the fact that attorneys can sometimes better communicate with legal personnel and get a sense of a case in person than they can by accessing the case from a remote location.

Online court reporting interaction, whether it is for educational or service purposes, makes the process of real time transcription easier in a general way. One of the main purposes of the internet is to increase convenience and connectivity on a number of levels. Court reporting is a field well suited to internet adaptation.