Scopists Information

I've been getting inquiries from scopists lately.  Quite a few in fact.  So I've added a page onto this blog called Scopists' Corner in order to post some of their information -- with their permission, of course!  Hopefully, any court reporters out there in need of a scopist will at least stop by the Scopists' Corner and see who's looking for work.If you're a scopist in need of a little free publicity, please simply post a comment on the scopist page.

What Is A Scopist?
A scopist is basically like an editor and/or proofreader for a busy court reporter.  He/she is trained on various CAT softwares and is adept at grammar and punctuation.  Many scopers I know are former paralegals or court reporters in training.  They often work from home and have clients throughout the country.  The scoper I've used is named Darla and lives in Montana.  Montana!  Think about it, here I am a deposition reporter in California having my transcripts proofed and edited by a lady in Montana.  Isn't the Internet grand!

My Theory On Having A Scopist
I figured out a long time ago that I wasn't making any money sitting at home  in front of my computer editing transcripts.  Unless my behind was in the chair at a deposition, I was losing money!  My theory is the less time scoping my own work, the more time taking depositions, the better.  I know not all CSRs share that opinion.  But as for me, that's what I tell everyone.
Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Todd Olivas

Todd Olivas is a court reporter and entrepreneur.
He founded TO&A in 2003.

  Comment by Kristie | Saturday, February 2, 2008
I am looking to get into the scoping field; do you have any advice on how to get started?
  Comment by zeta20 | Thursday, January 17, 2008
I’m a Court Reporter student attending Miami Dade Community College using Phoenix in real-time. You blog has been helpful and this is a courtesy message thanking you for the information. Two different mentors have tried to find time to help through the NCRA’s recommendation. Both of them wanted to communicate over the telephone which is difficult for me between my classes and job.
  Comment by Todd Olivas | Friday, January 18, 2008
Thank you for the encouragement. I really appreciate it! If there’s anything that you think I should add to this site to make it more useful, please let me know. Best of luck. And remember: no matter how hard it may seem some days… the payoff IS worth it in the end.
  Comment by Diane Wimmer | Sunday, September 21, 2008


I am a scopist/transcriptionist from Middleton, Wisconsin (Madison) who enjoys doing depositions of any kind or length. I have been trained in Phoenix and CaseCat theory, can read both and use Eclipse Edit Station for editing.

For several months, I have been transcribing and scoping online for two court reporters in New Mexico and Mississippi. One of my court reporters is retiring from service.

Thank you.

diane53713 (at)

  Comment by Laurie Starkweather | Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I am trying to change my phone number and e-mail address on my posting and I can`t seem to do it. My new number is 386-265-4429. My e-mail address is ARISTARK3@AOL.COM.


  Comment by Laurie Starkweather | Friday, October 7, 2011

Laurie Starkweather
Professional Scopist/Typist
(386) 383-3683

•.I am an honest, dedicated and hardworking individual. I`m
conscientious and thorough in my work. I have extensive
experience in the court reporting, typing and scoping fields.
I take tremendous pride in the quality of my finished product.

• Court reporter from 1987-2002 working as a freelance court reporter
for ARI Reporting in New York, NY. Moved to Florida in 2002 where I
opened a scoping agency with four girls who were trained under my

• Fluent in many notereading theories.
• I work with Wordperfect, Premier Power and Case Catalyst.

• I can type using Expresscribe, FTR.
• Proofreading
• Audiosync

• Every transcript, after being transcribed is then printed out
for a final proofreading. A great amount of effort goes into each
and every transcript I produce. I would welcome the opportunity
to be able to work for you.
• I do criminal, medical malpractice,
liability and hearings. Our expertise is very broad, so feel
free to inquire.
• We are physically located in Florida, but through fax and e-mail we
are capable of doing work from all states.

  Comment by Camilla Motyl | Thursday, July 6, 2017
Good afternoon, Mr. Olivas,

This is regarding the information on your blog on Am interested in scoping job, currently doing CR internship. Am dedicated, hardworking. I have Case Catalyst, but can covert to PDF with assistance. Am ready to help today. Please contact me at the following:

Phone: 347-276-7865

Thank you for your consideration.


Camilla Motyl

  Comment by ina Schleimer | Thursday, October 4, 2018
I am a scopist looking for some work. I have been in the field for 30 plus years. My reporter just retired.

I work on CaseCatayst 17.
Please get in touch, thank you, all.

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