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What is a Court Transcript?
A court transcript is a certified written record of a court hearing.
Transcripts are produced for a variety of reasons, including:
- to document court proceedings for future reference
- to provide a written record of evidence of a trial for appeal purposes
- for publication in legal books and case law reports
A court digital monitor or stenographer attends court hearings, depositions or any other type of event where a transcript is necessary.
A transcriptionist is responsible for transcribing word for word a transcript into a readable document.
The document created by the Authorized Court Transcriptionist (ACT) becomes the official record of the court or deposition proceedings.
What is Scoping?
A scopist works with a stenographer’s steno notes. Steno notes have been translated into English, so we don’t have to type in every word like a transcriptionist does—thank goodness!
Scoping basically is proofreading, but since the file has not yet been read word for word, there is more to fix. So the scopist carefully listens to audio and checks every word, punctuating, paragraphing, deciphering mistranslated and untranslated steno notes (machine shorthand), fixing formatting issues, and researching spellings as they move through the pages. Once the file is scoped, it’s returned back to the stenographer.