This webinar will explore the key function of being a court reporter for a courtroom proceeding, no matter if you work for an agency or if you are an official reporter assigned to a specific judge/courtroom. In addition to following proper protocol, there is certain proficiency and professionalism that a court reporter is expected to have when working in a courtroom. 

Whether you are a student soon to take your first proceeding or a veteran who covers court regularly, our panel of experts will have tips and tricks for you. 

Please Note: AAERT CEU credit is not awarded for watching this ondemand recording.


  • How to best work with courtroom staff
  • Understanding courtroom layout
  • Working with installed equipment
  • Setup/breakdown of mobile equipment 
  • Courtroom procedures
  • Court-specific annotations
  • Transcripts of court proceedings


  • Benjamin Jaffe, Court Reporting Industry Expert


  • Merritt Gilbert, CER, FPM | BlueLedge Director
  • Phylis Whitesel, CP, CERT | Official Electronic Court Reporter for Fourth Judicial District State of Nebraska, BlueLedge Student
  • Justin Ward, CER | Manager of Court Reporting Services, Seventh Judicial Circuit State of Florida
  • Tori Lawton, CERT, CDR | Official Electronic Court Reporter, Judicial Circuit State of Georgia

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the job opportunity?

There is a growing demand for court reporters and transcribers in the court systems as well as by private firms across the United States and the world. The nature of the court reporting and transcribing industry is that you truly can work anywhere, as there are always needs.

What defines a good digital court reporter?

Court reporters should be customer service focused, organized, capable of conducting different work in a variety of environments with people from a diverse background and capable of utilizing the legal knowledge gained through BlueLedge.

What does AAERT approval mean?

BlueLedge has passed a rigorous evaluation process by the nationally recognized governing association for digital/electronic reporters and legal transcribers to ensure the highest quality education for our students.

What defines a good legal transcriptionist?

Legal transcriptionists should be detail oriented, have a firm grasp of the English language, organized, capable of sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time while listening to audio with the legal knowledge gained through our training courses.