CTRP - Court Reporting

Alfred State courses are grouped into the following sections:

  • Realtime Writing Theory I teaches students how to write the spoken word with punctuation by means of a conflict-free, realtime-ready shorthand theory and provide instantaneous translation. It includes the use of online computer-aided technology and teacher interaction; live practice dictation for speed and accuracy; read back and analysis of shorthand notes. Weekly speed takes will be given at incremental speeds on unfamiliar material; the same material will not be used more than once every six months.

  • This course is a continuation of basic realtime writing theory. The student will continue to learn to write, read, and transcribe the spoken word by means of a conflict-free, realtime-ready shorthand theory and provide instantaneous translation. The course is structured into 75 classes, which must be completed within the 15-week semester time frame. Each class requires a minimum of three hours of practice time per day. The course is designed for both on campus and online training. On campus students will meet at a designated time and place.

  • This course will be an extension of the material learned in the Computer Aided Transcription course (CTRP 3373) and a direct application of the realtime techniques learned in the Realtime Writing Theory I course (CTRP 1174).

  • Students will learn how to properly format and prepare judicial transcripts, including cover page, appearance page, examination and exhibit indexes, question-and-answer, colloquy, parentheticals, jurats, and certification pages, as well as how to prepare ASCII disks and mini-transcripts.

  • The prerequisite for this course is the successful completion of the Realtime Writing Theory courses (CTRP 1174 and CTRP 2274) or approval of the instructor. The student will continue to learn to write, read, and transcribe the spoken word by means of a conflict-free, realtime-ready shorthand theory. The course is structured into 45 class periods. The typical structured classroom meets every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday throughout the semester. Each class requires a minimum of three hours of practice time per day. The course is designed for Internet training.

  • This course will complement the Computer Aided Transcription course (CTRP 3373) to the extent that information pertaining to the computers, hardware, software, maintenance, and upkeep will be enhanced. The material covered in this class for reporting students will relate to reporting technology, computer operating systems, realtime applications, realtime reporting in the captioning/CART environment, litigation support, videotaping, and information on related software packages used by judicial reporters.

  • This course will teach the student how the computer works with the shorthand writing machine to produce an instantaneous transcript using realtime translation. The course includes computer concepts and terminology and basic file management, saving, editing, and printing. This course will take the student from the basics of a computer application software program to a more advanced level of understanding and appreciation. The goal of the CAT course is to integrate computer concepts and English punctuation rules to produce an accurate and saleable work product.

  • This course is a continuation of Speed Building I for Reporters and Captioners. The student will continue to learn to write, read, and transcribe the spoken word by means of a conflict-free, realtime-ready shorthand theory. Reporting students must be able to transcribe five minutes of unfamiliar dictation with at least 95 percent accuracy in each of the areas listed: literary at 130 wpm, jury charge at 150 wpm, and two-voice at 170 wpm. Dictation includes two-voice and multi-voice testimony (including medical and technical material), literary, jury charge, and current events.

  • This course is a continuation of Speed Building II for Reporters and Captioners. The student will continue to learn to write, read, and transcribe the spoken word by means of a conflict-free, realtime-ready shorthand theory. This course dictation includes two-voice and multi-voice testimony (including medical and technical material), literary, jury charge and current events. Captioning students must be able to write three 5-minute takes of literary material at 180 wpm with 96 percent accuracy or higher.

  • Students are placed by the college in an off-campus experience with a qualified courtroom, freelance, realtime reporter, or captioner within a geographical proximity of their hometown. Student should try to arrange for a variety of experiences over the internship. NCRA requirements: reporting students must pass a pre-internship test at 180 wpm in Q & A material; complete a minimum of 50 hours, 40 hours of which must be in-court; and complete a minimum of 40 pages computer printed transcript.

  • The procedures course is an introduction of court and realtime reporting procedures and practices for the court reporter including: professional responsibilities of federal and state court systems; civil and criminal trials; logistics of reporting (marking exhibits, research and references, filing notes, invoicing, indexing, delivery of transcripts); reporting techniques (interruption of speaker, identification of speaker, swear or affirm witness or interpreter, report with an interpreter, voir dire, etc.) and methods of transcript production.

  • A student may contract for one to six credit hours of independent study through an arrangement with an instructor who agrees to direct such a study. The student will submit a plan acceptable to the instructor and to the department chair. The instructor and student will confer regularly regarding the process of the study.