Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters (photo by MAPCR)

The Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters (MAPCR) is holding their annual convention.

Court reporters play a critical role in legal proceedings, which require an exact record of what occurred. These workers are responsible for producing a complete, accurate, and secure transcript of depositions, trials, and other legal proceedings.

Michigan a mandatory certification state. It is required to hold a certified stenographic reporter (CSR) designation to work in the state of Michigan.

There are a few different types of court reporters. There are the court reporters that work in a courtroom all day and actually work for the court system; then there are freelance court reporters who mainly focus on depositions for attorneys in civil litigation.

Court reporters train on stenotype machines, and the minimum speed required for certification by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is 225 wpm. The modern stenotype keyboard only has 22 keys, which can stand for a word, a syllable or even a phrase.

Fun Facts:

The first known court reporter was Marcus Tullius Tiro, who developed shorthand in 63 BCE. He transcribed the lawyer Cicero’s speeches using over 4,000 symbols.

The fastest court reporter in the world, Mark Kislingbury of Houston, TX, can type up to 360 words per minute with 97 percent accuracy. He has been noted in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters

What:          MAPCR Convention

When:         Saturday, March 09, 2024

Where:        MSU’s James B. Henry Center for Executive Development (3535 Forest Rd, Lansing, MI)





Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters (photo by MAPCR)

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