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Is Stenography a Dying Art?

April 29, 2011

Court stenographers are being phased out in England and Wales with the last contract - at the Old Bailey - set to expire in March 2012. But what are stenographers, and are they no longer needed? The "speed of speech" is often defined as 180 words per minute (wpm). Anyone who has ever tried to take a note in longhand at that speed will tell you it is impossible.