CRAH Training the First Realtime Court Reporters in Africa
Court Reporting and Captioning at Home is proud to announce the first realtime writing court reporters have trained with our program in Zambia and Sierra Leone, South Africa. What amazing students these were! After 18 months, the first 10 were writing realtime in their judiciaries, and the next 10 have completed theory and are in speed building.
The IT manager for the project said, “We chose CRAH for the following reasons.”:
- “CRAH theory is the shortest, easiest theory to learn, having been developed by Linda Bland, RMR, RPR, CSR, CPE, a former court reporter herself and leading court reporting, captioning and CART providing educator.
- The CRAH program is a self-paced home study program and was ideal for us due to the lack of court reporting training facilities in Zambia and the region.
- The theory manual is written so that students progress each time they practice. It is extremely easy to understand.
- The use of e-Learning material was ideal for us as we did not have court reporting trainers.
- The speed building and skills portions of the CRAH program are also developed for home study. This unique speed building technique is incorporated with the Court Reporting and Captioning Theory and allows the student to complete speed building much faster and more prepared to enter court reporting.”
One of the court reporters demonstrating realtime writing in court. Other court reporters are looking on from behind.
Previously, corporate investors were hampered in investing in Africa, having little access to an expedient judicial system. Interested parties were unable to have fast access to the record of the proceedings. “A decision was therefore made to train realtime court reporters who would record the proceedings using a stenograph, and young social science graduates were recruited for this purpose. The challenge, however, was how these people would be trained in realtime court reporting cost effectively in any part of the world. After evaluating various options of training our court reporters, we turned to Court Reporting and Captioning at Home (CRAH) as we found it to be the fastest and best method to train as well as the most cost effective method for our training project,” said the IT expert .
These new realtime court reporters not only improve the efficiency of the court sytems in their respective countries, but they also assist in improving life in this great continent. With an efficient judicial system, comprised of more judges and more realtime writing court reporters, comes prosperity, encouraging more corporations to invest and create businesses and employment opportunities for their citizens.
Court Reporting at Home has many international students in various countries around the world including Australia, Brazil, Italy, Abu Dhabi, Scotland, the U.K., Canada, Ireland, etc. CRAH is also approved by the Department of Defense to train spouses of active duty military personnel and is training captioners for the FBI.
We again congratulate these wonderful students for their discipline to practice and in mastering this wonderful skill. We invite YOU to join us!