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Digital vs. Stenographic: What Kind of Court Reporters Does Steno Work With?

Will I be working with a digital reporter or a licensed court reporter?

Some agencies employ "reporters" or "digital reporters". Steno only works with Certified Shorthand Reporters (CSRs).

CSRs are highly trained, licensed professionals who transcribe spoken words using a stenotype machine. They must pass a rigorous test to become certified and they fill a critical role in the justice system: They create verbatim transcripts of judicial proceedings and can also provide instantaneous readback, real-time, rough drafts, and expedites.

In California, unless all parties agree otherwise, only transcripts created by CSRs are valid as evidence.  See CCP section 2025.310(a).  

See all state certification requirements here