Despite all the advancements in speech-to-text software, when it comes to the courtroom, a human touch is required to create a perfect transcript. Court reporters work diligently to maintain very high standards of accuracy in their transcriptions—97.5% just to qualify, in fact.
When you picture a courtroom, even if your knowledge mostly comes from film and television, you probably picture someone sitting on the sidelines of the trial typing on a stenotype machine—that’s the court reporter. It’s their job to provide a perfect record of the proceedings, giving that audio recordings can be hampered by errant noise or soft spoken speech. To learn about the trade we spoke with Cassandra Caldarella, a court reporter in Orange County.