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.”