Official Court Reporters create the record for felony trials in all three counties of the Circuit, grand-jury proceedings, all things related to death-penalty cases, and various other specially requested proceedings.
Also known as stenographers, court reporters are certified to stenotype up to 260 words per minute (wpm), and it is their job to write in a form of shorthand everything said in the courtroom, and also designate who is speaking. Hence, court reporters are often referred to as the “guardians of the record.”
What are the certifications indicated behind their names? RPR is national certification for 225 wpm, RMR is national certification for 260 wpm, CRR is national certification for realtime writing, FPR is Florida certification, and CSR-CA is the California certification.
When the reporters are not in court they research spellings in the court files for upcoming trials (so their realtime reporting is the best they can make it), and they work on transcript orders which are predom-inantly for appellate purposes. In 2019 they produced about 43,000 pages of transcripts, which if you were to stack into one pile it would be about 13-feet-tall. If you were to stack all of the transcripts created in their total years between the eight of them, it would be about as high as a 20-story building (picture the MCJC and Silvertooth buildings combined).