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Court Reporter

Horry-Georgetown Technical College

Court Reporting Programs

Horry-Georgetown Technical College created the Court Reporting programs to meet the severe shortage of court reporters across South Carolina, and the entire country. The College will be offering three online programs in court reporting: voice writing, stenography, and digital.

For more information about the Court Reporting programs and to enroll, call (843) 477-2020.

Court reporters are responsible for maintaining word-for-word records of court and legal proceedings. Court reports must be able to produce accurate and detailed reports while working quickly and under pressure. Most court reporters are required to record a minimum of 200 words per minute. To be successful, court reporters should have exceptional listening skills and vocabulary, as well as, understand proper punctuation and grammar. Those employed in courtrooms must understand legal terminology, court etiquette, and appropriate court procedures.

HGTC will offer three programs: Digital, Stenography and Voice Writing.

Digital reporting involves the use of high quality digital recording equipment. Strategically placed microphones and video recorders throughout the courtroom capture the verbatim record.

  • Digital Court reporting incorporates the use of specialized audio technology to keep court records.
  • Court reporters are responsible for monitoring the recording process, keeping a log to identify witnesses, exhibits, time proceeding and orders presented. 
  • The court reporter is responsible for reviewing the audio recording to ensure it's understandable and clear.
  • Once the proceedings are finished, Digital Court Reporters may be responsible for transcribing the digital record into a written transcript.

Enrolling NOW, Program starts March 4, 2019

Cost of Program: $1850*

*Introductory price

Stenography is the act of using a stenotype machine to record or transcribe the spoken word.

  • Stenographers use a stenography machine; a standard stenotype machine has  22 keys used to key coded numbers, phrases, words, and sounds, to ensure all activity in the courtroom, down to a witness’s sobs, can be accurately recorded by the reporter.
  • Stenographers use shorthand language to capture written accounts of proceedings for legal matters and other applications. 
  • The transcript produced by stenographers can be printed or digitally captured using Computer Aided Transcription (CAT) software.
  • Stenographers may be employed by the court system, by court reporting companies, or work on a freelance basis.

Cost of Program: $ 6000

Voice writing, also referred to as verbatim or voice mask reporting, use shorthand skills and a mask with an internal microphone to record the spoken word.

  • Voice Writers reiterate the words spoken in order to capture the verbatim record.
  • Voice writers work in courtrooms, legal offices, medical facilities and can perform captioning for live TV and events. 
  • Voice writers use a Computer Aided Transcription (CAT) software to support converting the spoken word to written transcripts.

Cost of Program: $4700