Top shorthand: Court reporter’s pad

For decades court reporters have been at the cutting edge of shorthand use and their notes can make other practitioners green with envy. I recently bumped into one of my former colleagues who has reported on crown court cases in the UK for more than 30 years.

To spare his blushes, I shall not be naming him. But let it be known that his shorthand note is legendary among junior reporters as examples of best practice.

He writes with a fountain pen in small police-style notepads and his note is always small.


“You’re quicker if you keep it small,” he said. “Having a small pad makes you keep it small.”

Wise words.


2 thoughts on “Top shorthand: Court reporter’s pad

  • July 31, 2012 at 10:35 am

    Yes, that that does look like notes made by one very adept reporter. Not that I’m jealous or anything ……. When I learned (Pitman) shorthand tumpty-tumpty-tum years ago we were advised to keep our notes small, but we were told (and I have always followed the system I was taught) to have a conventional shorthand notebook where the spiral is at the top and you fill in one side of a page going right the way through the book till you come to the end and then come back on yourself filling in the reverse side of the pages. But it looks like your former colleague blows that theory out of the water!!!

  • September 30, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Anybody any experience of T-Script Professional? From a quick look it seems a bit less clunky than Teeline. Thanks!


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