Duties & Responsibilities
Court Reporters are licensed by the State of Illinois. The primary function of a court reporter is to make a verbatim record of all testimony in a court proceeding and, upon request, produce a written transcript of the proceedings. In an average day, a reporter may transcribe from 30,000 to 50,000 words. Additionally, court reporters frequently reference the record for judicial decision making and record keeping purposes. Court reporters also organize trial exhibits.
Court reporters maintain and archive electronic notes for future use, such as preparing transcripts for an appeal. On average, the court reporters prepare approximately 80,000 pages of transcript annually.
The 19th Judicial Circuit has 21 full-time court reporters and 1 court reporting services supervisor. The Chief Judge of the Circuit shall designate a supervisor who is responsible for assigning and coordinating the activities of the court reporters. It is also the responsibility of the supervisor to instruct reporters as to their duties and obligations and to ensure that they are properly carried out.
In addition, the court reporting services supervisor is assigned the task of coordinating the usage of exotic language interpreters that are required for non-English speaking individuals in some court proceedings.