California Official Court Reporters Association

Preserving Access to Justice Report

THE CERTIFIED SHORTHAND REPORTER [CSR] – PRESERVING ACCESS TO JUSTICE

UPDATED: JANUARY 2016

Have you ever been curious about what a Certified Shorthand Reporter [CSR] is and
why they type on those archaic-looking machines in courtrooms and deposition offices
across the State of California? Do you ever wonder why people don’t just use tape
recorders?

If so, this packet will provide you a brief overview about why CSRs are essential in the
courtroom/deposition setting, in the classroom, in townhall meetings, on television, and
just about anywhere a verbatim record is vital to protect an individual’s rights or provide
the hard of hearing with vital, perhaps life-saving information.

After becoming familiar with the strict certification process to become a CSR, the
advanced technology used by CSRs, what other forms of record keeping are on the
market, and the costs of using an inferior form of record keeping, the California Official
Court Reporters Association [COCRA] is convinced you will agree - CSRs are the
preferred, most cost-effective means of obtaining an accurate and verbatim
record.

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