Court reporters do an amazing job! It takes skill, both mental and physical. It requires an amount of focus that many people just can’t grasp. But for all the awesomeness that court reporters put on display each day in the workplace, let’s not forget that beneath it all, they are PEOPLE first. As human beings, they share the same flaws as those who are not court reporters.
Every now and then a story will come forward about a court reporter who has done something questionable, either in their job or in their private life. Invariably, the court reporting community (no, not everyone!) will rush to the defense of that court reporter. “They’re a court reporter – they would never do that!” But let’s not forget that they are human first. Being a court reporter doesn’t exempt someone from being a jerk, breaking the law, having poor judgment…being flawed. Some of the greatest leaders in this world have made mistakes – shown their human side. If some of the most respected people in the world can make mistakes, are we to believe that court reporters are above that?
“This job is stressful – they just needed a release!” There’s no doubt that the job of a court reporter is challenging. They sit in on tense situations and listen to horrible stories – witness verbal (and sometimes physical) abuse only feel away. And they must capture the record under those moments – asked to put aside all emotion for the sake of the job. No one would question the stress placed upon court reporters. But again, stress is not a “get out of jail free” card.
Court Reporters Are Human – “Flawed” Quotes
“I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions.”
― Augusten Burroughs
“Nothing’s perfect, the world’s not perfect. But it’s there for us, trying the best it can; that’s what makes it so damn beautiful.”
― Hiromu Arakawa
“We are flawed creatures, all of us. Some of us think that means we should fix our flaws. But get rid of my flaws and there would be no one left.”
― Sarah Vowell
“We all are men, in our own natures frail, and capable of our flesh; few are angels.”
― William Shakespeare
“The Lord works through deeply flawed people, since He made so few of the other kind.”
― Timothy B. Tyson
Humans have flaws. Court reporters are human. Therefore court reporters have flaws. That’s not a bad thing.
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