The Court Reporters’ Creed

This is an adaptation of a speech by C. W. Jones to a 1964 meeting of Kansas Shorthand Reporters Association by Bill Parson. How court reporters practice their trade may have changed over the years, but their importance hasn’t. So read on, fellow struggling court reporting student, and be inspired.

The Court Reporter’s Creed

My profession stems from man’s desire and his necessity to preserve the happenings of yesterday and today for tomorrow.

My profession was born with the rise of civilization in Ancient Greece.

I was known as a scribe in Judea, Persia and the Roman Empire.

I preserved the Ten Commandments for posterity and was with King Solomon while building the temple.

I was with the founding fathers of The United States when they drafted the Declaration of Independence. My hand labored upon the scroll that set forth the Bill of Rights.

The immortal Abraham Lincoln entrusted me to record the Emancipation Proclamation.

I was commissioned to be with Roosevelt at Yalta. I was with Eisenhower on D-Day and with MacArthur at Tokyo.

I have kept confidence reposed with me by those in high places, as well as those in lowly positions.

My profession protects the truthful witness, and I am a nemesis of the perjurer. I am a party to the administration of justice under the law and the court I serve.

I discharge my duties with devotion and honor. Perhaps I haven’t made history, but I have preserved it through the ages.

In the past I was called a scribe. Today I am the court stenographer that sits in the courts of our country. I am the stenographer that sits in the United States Congress.

I am the verbatim court reporter!

I think this is really nice. Not a lot of careers have a creed any more. I’m glad to be a part of something that is both historical and modern. Yes!

Stenographers used to have it good

Oh! for the olden days of court reporting. When a pen and paper would suffice, or maybe a basic machine. And plus, things were just so much more romantic then. Now court reporters spend most of their time in front of computers.

Ah, if only I could have been born 50 years ago.

The Public Stenographer

Oh, and the mischief the ‘private’ stenographer would get into.