The Court, the Judge and the Stenographer

45 Pages Posted: 31 Dec 2020

Date Written: October 30, 2020


In this article, I intend to share my long experience with stenographers with respect to their skills of getting dictation and putting drafts for review and signatures. The interaction between a judge and a stenographer is of vital importance for smooth and timely disposal of cases. Judges interact with their stenographers not only for day to day orders on files but also for dictating final orders and judgments. It is argued that a good stenographer helps in quick and timely disposal of cases and vice versa. Job description of Stenographer is an important standing operating procedure for their performance. Ethical questions of maintaining confidentiality of communication is also discussed with reference to judicial conduct. Education and Training issues of judicial communication skills between judges and Stenographers, use of social media by court staff etc are also deliberated as of key importance.

Keywords: Judge, Stenographer, court, law, constitution, dictation, communication, short hand, judicial education, training, skills, court management, disposal, backlog, women judges, women steno, court staff, gender, equality, dignity, social media, code of conduct, Judicial Academy, Pakistan

JEL Classification: j10, k10, l10, z10

Suggested Citation

Mughal, Munir Ahmad, The Court, the Judge and the Stenographer (October 30, 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Munir Ahmad Mughal (Contact Author)

Punjab University Law College ( email )

(Res.)125-B, Judicial Colony, Lahore
Lahore, Punjab 54000
042-35304847 (Phone)
042-35311498 (Fax)

Superior Law College

(Res.)125-B, Judicial Colony
Lahore, Punjab 54000
0092-42-35304847 (Phone)
0092-42-35311498 (Fax)

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