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Court Reporting Program | Public Services and Safety | College of Marin

Career Options

  • Court Reporter
  • CART Provider
  • Broadcast Captioner
  • Scopist/Proofreader

Career Profile

Court reporters create word-for-word transcripts of speeches, conversations, legal proceedings, meetings, or other events. They play a critical role in legal proceedings which require an exact record of what was said and are responsible for producing a complete, accurate, and secure legal transcript of courtroom proceedings, witness testimonies, and depositions.

Court reporters in the legal setting also help judges and attorneys by capturing, organizing, and producing the official record. This allows users to efficiently search for important information contained in the transcript. Court reporters may use different methods for recording speech, such as stenotype machine recording, steno mask recording, or digital recording. Scopists edit transcripts for court reporters.

Court reporting has excellent career prospects: potential to earn a six-figure income, according to Forbes Magazine.

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Some court reporters, do not work in the legal setting or in courtrooms, including: Broadcast captioners are court reporters who provide captions for television programs (called closed captions). These reporters transcribe dialogue onto television monitors to help deaf or hard-of-hearing viewers or others viewing television programs in public places.

Some broadcast captioners may translate dialogue in real time during broadcasts; others may caption during post-production of a program. Communication Access Real-Time Translation (CART) providers are court reporters who work primarily with deaf or hard-of-hearing people in a variety of settings. They assist clients during board meetings, doctor’s appointments, or any other events in which real-time translation is needed. For example, CART providers who use a stenograph machine may caption high school and college classes and provide an immediate transcript to students who are hard of hearing or learning English as a second language.

Court reporters typically:

  • Attend depositions, hearings, proceedings, and other events that require written transcripts.
  • Record spoken dialogue with specialized equipment, such as covered microphones.
  • Report gestures and actions.
  • Review notes for names of speakers and technical terminology.
  • Prepare transcripts for the record. -Edit transcripts for typographical errors.
  • Provide copies of transcripts and recordings to the courts, counsels, and parties involved.
  • Transcribe television or movie dialogue onto screens to help deaf or hard-of-hearing viewers.

Plan your Education

View the classes you need to take to complete your certificate in Court Reporting at College of Marin.

Available Certificates and Degrees

Certificate of Achievement, Court Reporting, Legal Transcription Technology – 40 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 4 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: $2,730 in tuition and fees; $5,364 in books & supplies.

Certificate of Achievement, Court Reporting, Certified Shorthand Reporter – 67 units

  • Time to Complete: Can be done in 6 semesters.
  • Estimated Cost: additional $1,863 in tuition and fees; $4,900 in books & supplies.

Tuition averages roughly $500 per semester plus materials fees. Materials fees are typically $224-$300/semester. Students must supply their own steno writer, laptop and software: typical cost is $1,500, included in the above costs.

Why College of Marin?

  • Affordable: College of Marin classes are open to all and cost only $46 per unit for California residents. Financial aid and student support services are available to those who qualify. COM’s Court Reporting degree is a low-cost option – perhaps the least expensive in California.
  • Expert Instruction: Classes are taught by CSR/RPR licensed faculty — COM has a certified CaseCATalyst trainer on staff.
  • Small Class Size: Most classes have 10-22 students. This low student-to-teacher ratio allows instructors to work individually with students as needed while covering material in-depth. Support includes personal mentoring and coaching.
  • Remote Option: You can attend classes in person or remotely via Zoom video conferencing.


Questions? Contact Counseling:

  • (415) 485-9432
  • (415) 485-9430

Court Reporting Dept.

Kristin Acredolo (415) 457-8811 x8226

Court Reporting Advisory Committee

Bonnie Comstock, CSR, Argonaut School of Court Reporting | Jocelyn Epperson, Downey Adult Education, Court Reporting | Carolee Freer, Cypress College, Court Reporting | Diane Freeman, CSR, Court Reporter | Dixie King, CSR, Tri-Community, Court Reporting | Margaret Ortiz, West Valley College, Court Reporting | Angela Pourtabib, CSR, Court Reporter | Kay Reindl, CSR, Humphreys College, Court Reporting | Gary Shaw, Taft College, Court Reporting

Gainful Employment
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How long does it take to earn the certificate?
You can complete the Certificate of Achievement in 4-6 semesters depending on your level of certification.
Are there any pre-requisites?
No, there are no requirements or prerequisites. However, good working English is essential.
Can I take classes in the evening?
Yes, classes are available in the evenings, great for working students!
Can I take classes remotely?
Yes! You can attend classes in person or remotely via Zoom video conferencing.
How do I get started?

To get started, you need to enroll at College of Marin and should meet with a career counselor (who can help you with planning your education, direct you to financial alternatives, and more!)