While COVID-19 has decreased court reporting opportunities and shifted all available work to remote access, it’s provided some work benefits. And some say recent regulatory action and a tighter focus on remote capabilities may strengthen the industry in the long-term.

Various social distancing guidelines have caused many courtrooms to pause jury trials and jury selections and limit court proceedings. As such, court reporters’ caseloads were significantly diminished, and all remaining work was conducted remotely via video conferencing platforms with transcribing software, observers said.