Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Stenographer Definition:

An individual employed to receive and transcribe dictation.

An individual who, using quick handwriting or script (eg. shorthand), transcribes verbatim  the spoken word, in an office or in a court of law or during an examination for discovery, and who then faithfully writes out the spoken words in the form of a transcript.

Electronic recording devices are gradually phasing out the usefulness of stenographers but in the 1900s, they were used systematically as official recorders of court and other formal proceedings, such as the proceedings of a legislative assembly.

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