Dina’s Start in Court Reporting

Marcus Deposition Reporting is a court reporting company providing all aspects of reporting and/or stenographic services all over the US, whether it be real-time reporting, CART, trials, depositions, hearings, arbitrations, expert testimony, independent medical examinations, and much, much more. Marcus Deposition Reporting has been a successful and thriving court reporting company for over 25 years. Our court reporters are experienced in all aspects of reporting.

Dina Marcus, owner and operator of Marcus Deposition Reporting, strongly supports court reporting as a great career choice and profession. For Dina, even after 27 years of court reporting, she still loves it. However, she does get nervous and/or excited before each deposition or trial, and especially before every real-time hearing.

Court reporting is a great profession. It’s challenging, educational, exciting and sometimes downright dangerous, but always interesting. You meet new people every day and learn something new every day. Just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all, something new will happen.

Although Dina prefers to take depositions, she has, and still does, report trials, arbitrations and hearings. Depositions are preferable because the court reporter has more control over the environment and/or the proceedings. Meaning, she or he can stop and ask questions more easily during a deposition versus a trial, arbitration or hearing before a judge or trier of fact. In a court room, it is a much more formal setting with a judge and jury.

It is difficult for the court reporter to speak up for any type of clarification. The court reporter is supposed to be unseen and unheard. He or she needs to be on their toes at all times and be able to understand and decipher what is being said by all parties present. And while this is true for both court and deposition work, it is more difficult and uncomfortable to interrupt court proceedings because it is the end of a case and everyone is on edge and everything is on the line. At this point, a lot of time and money is being spent to try the case. The court reporter knows this and, therefore, is reluctant to interrupt.

Court reporting in and of itself is misunderstood or completely unknown to most people. It has nothing to do with typing. Court reporters don’t use a typewriter. We use a stenograph machine. A typist can maybe type up to 130 words per minute. A court reporter can write up to 300+ words per minute. Like playing a piano, court reporters are pressing many keys at the same time. Typists press one key at a time. Court reporters write syllabically. With one stroke of our machine, we’re writing phrases and squashing words, creating brief forms and shortcuts; thus, many times, writing faster than people can speak. Each and every deposition, hearing or trial is like a playing a completely new and unknown concert. You never know what people are going to say; therefore, it’s new and unknown. It can be fun, but it’s a challenge and sometime extremely tiring. I recommend this profession to anyone who has the drive and ambition to work hard and make a good living. Even after 27 years, it is a profession that I have never regretted and I am thankful for it every day of my life.

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  1. Jana
    Jana says:

    I always tell people that reporting is like playing a verbal piano …perfectly at first try…without the benefit of being able to practice the piece of “music” before playing (writing).

    And thanks for clarifying the fact that we do not type. I get so tired of reading that in articles written by and on behalf of reporters. And , yes, it can be mentally and physically exhausting at times, but it pays off , literally.

    It is a fascinating career . Great article.

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