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Work Environment

Most court reporters work in office like or court settings, such as offices of attorneys, courtrooms, legislatures, and conventions. Home based functioning is a new wave of court reporting with more and more court reporters working from home-based offices as independent contractors, or freelancers.

There are few hazards are in this job, although sitting in the same position for long periods can weaken the lower back muscles and tire one. Workers can suffer wrist, back, neck, or eye strain. Workers also risk repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome or stenosis of the back.

As an Official court reporter the work week is a standard 40-hours, and they often work additional hours at home preparing transcripts for legal teams. Self-employed court reporters, or freelancers, usually work flex hours, including part time, evenings, and weekends, or on-call.

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