As an attorney, you will want to familiarize yourself with the credentials of the reporter you have hired to make sure they are acceptable to you.  You will want to make sure your reporter is capable of handling the proceedings you have hired them to report.  You will want to know what certifications they possess and make sure they stay abreast and up-to-date.  Don’t be afraid to inquire about your reporter’s experience or education.  This is something qualified reporters are happy to share with you – they are proud of their education and training.  Qualified reporters are also open and candid about their pricing and levels of service furnished to you.

To maintain the highest professional level of court reporting, reporters can earn certifications as evidenced by these initials after their name:

Registered Professional Reporter (RPR)
o Written knowledge test
o 225 words per minute

Registered Merit Reporter (RMR)
o Minimum three years’ experience
o RPR status
o Written knowledge test
o 260 words per minute

Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR)
o Minimum six years’ experience
o RMR status
o Written knowledge test

Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR)
o Writing realtime at 96% accuracy

Certified Broadcast Captioner (CBC)
o Written knowledge test
o Writing realtime at 96% accuracy

Certified CART Provider (CCP)
o Written knowledge test
o Writing realtime at 96% accuracy

Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS)
o Seminar attendance
o Written knowledge test
o CLVS production test

Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR)
o (Administered by state testing agencies)
o Written knowledge test
o 225 words per minute

If your reporter possesses any of these initials after their name, you can be assured they attend continuing education seminars and stay abreast of the latest technologies and rules in the legal and reporting fields.