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History of The Court Reporter's Creed
On this web site you will find several different versions of Court Reporter
Creeds for stenotypists, voice writers, electronic reporters and professional
The creeds are all my adaptations of a speech given by W.C. (Casey) Jones to the
1964 meeting of the Kansas Shorthand Reporters Association.
My initial attempts at adapting the speech into The Court Reporter's Creed go
all the way back to 1982.
Quite a bit of editing went into the adapting of W. C. (Casey) Jones original
speech into the various versions of today's creeds and giving those adaptations
the title of The Court Reporter‘s Creed and derivations of that title.
Dr. Martin Block, past president of the National Court Reporters Association and
pioneer in Computer Aided Transcription, helped with the technical wording of
the 2004 Revised Court Reporter's Creed for stenotypists. Also there was input
from leading stenotype court reporters and from a nationally known expert in the
To view a wonderful colorful version of the original stenotypists’ Court
Reporter's Creed with an American Flag and eagle and moving scales of justice,
please go to the Texas Court Reporters Association web site:
The version of the original Court Reporter's Creed on the Texas Court Reporters
Association was originally made by the United States Court Reporters Association
and used to be on the USCRA web site.
Upon my asking USCRA if I could purchase their web site version of the creed,
USCRA graciously gave me their web site version of the creed for free so that I
could share it with other court reporter associations.
Mr. Wesley Gales of Wisconsin also prepared a screensaver of the original Court
Reporter's Creed which was at one time on all the office computers of a
California court reporting school. Copies of Mr. Gales' screensaver of the creed
may be requested from me.
One Texas court reporting school had copies of the creed on the walls of every
room in their school.
Over the years various versions of the creed have appeared in the national
magazines of the National Verbatim Reporters Association, the American
Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers and the United States Court
Reporters Association as well as in many state court reporter association web
I've had the privilege to provide free copies of various versions of the creed
to conventions of the National Verbatim Reporters Association and the American
Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers, and many years ago a
vender distributed the stenotype version of the creed at an NCRA convention
where the creed was a big hit among NCRA members.
If any court reporters are interested in displaying their copies of the various
creeds in a beautiful acrylic holder that holds legal-sized documents such as
the creed, they may contact me at
I will be provide them acrylic holders at my cost. The acrylic holders must be
ordered from the factory in minimum lots of 10. I am glad to order the minimum
order of the acrylic holders to make it possible for other reporters obtain
individual acrylic holders