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Real-time court reporting improves efficiency, accuracy, and production in the courtroom
Technology has contributed to a culture of immediate gratification. Connections are fast, data is exchanged quickly, replies are often instantaneous, and turn-around times have been vastly reduced. While advancements in technology have created an expectation of instant access, they have also provided the tools that allow us to offer that unfettered availability as an option more easily.
Court reporting is one of many industries that has been impacted by the rapid evolution of data transmittal. Old-school stenotype machines are still the status quo; however, updated models allow for real-time transcription which means information is translated and relayed immediately instead of stored and transcribed for later review. Real-time transcription benefits everyone involved in courtroom proceedings by making data more accessible, easier to search, and more convenient to review.
A new twist on old tech
Accuracy and efficiency have always been paramount to the success of court reporting. The first shorthand machine was built in 1877 and punched a paper strip, and the direct ancestor of today’s stenotype was patented in 1913.
The stenotype machine has 22 keys, with many pressed simultaneously to spell out syllables, words, and phrases in one stroke. In the past, the proceedings would be recorded in shorthand form and then transcribed for later dissemination and review.
The actual work of court reporting hasn’t changed with the introduction of new technology, but the accessibility of the recorded information has improved greatly. Real-time court reporting involves the instant translation of a stenographer’s shorthand via specialized software that can instantaneously display reporting results on device monitors.
Real-time court reporting eliminates the delay of waiting to make an accurate assessment of what occurred and allows you to keep your case on track by responding appropriately and efficiently.
Pros of progress
While there are many, the greatest advantages of realtime versus recorded reporting include:
Expedited access to the testimony. Real-time recording allows all parties to access a rough draft of transcripts on the spot, via laptops or smartphones. This gives legal counsel the opportunity to review a witness’s answers as they’re being given, making it easier to develop favorable lines of inquiry or to identify essential follow-up questions.
Prompt and precise review options. In a busy or chaotic courtroom environment, it can be easy to become distracted or to lose focus, particularly after recesses. Real-time reporting resolves these issues by allowing involved parties to access previous questions, answers and objections to stay sharp and on task.
Improved collaboration. With real-time court reporting software, parties can confidentially make notes alongside actual testimony in order to highlight an inconsistency or an area worthy of revisiting. This feature also allows any absent team members to make comments on a deposition remotely or to catch up on proceedings efficiently.
Increased accuracy of testimony. The immediate and visual nature of real-time court reporting makes it easier to compare transcripts of prior depositions or testimonies to catch inconsistencies and false statements, allowing a witness to be impeached, if necessary. It also allows attorneys to spot words or phrases that are unclear and request clarification, which will then be added to the record so that the final transcript is fully updated and easily understood.
Time and cost-effective. Real-time court reporting means everyone who wishes to be involved can watch the proceedings without being physically present, including experts, other legal team members, or even members of a client’s support system. The end result often includes a reduction of travel expenses, such as per diem meals for witnesses. Real-time court reporting also allows lawyers to simplify the process of preparing deposition on the following day since they no longer have to wait for a final official transcript.
The introduction of live transcripts through real-time court reporting makes the job of a court reporter as essential as ever while placing more value on the final product due to its accuracy and availability. The stenograph machine is tried and true technology that court reporters rely on to do their job well; real-time translation software is the upgrade that allows other involved parties in the courtroom to do the same.
A court reporter is an integral part of the legal industry as well as other industries. Boss Certified Realtime Reporting in Fort Lauderdale, FL has been providing nationwide court reporting services for trials, depositions, mediations, meetings and conferences since 1995. If you would like more information, call us at 954 467 6867 or complete our contact form to let us know how we can assist you.
For readback, annotation and immediate access to reliable transcripts, nothing beats realtime court reporting—not even digital recording
Even if you have been tempted to look into digital recording for courtroom events, you should be advised that realtime reporting is absolutely the most accurate method for court reporting today. Read on to learn some of the main reasons that support realtime so that you can make an informed decision about the best type of reporting for your case.
Digital vs. Realtime: Annotation and Monitoring of Inputs
The majority of digital recording systems use a central control room where one monitor is keeping track of up to four courtrooms at the same time. This translates to at any given time, one quarter of the court proceedings are actually capable of being searched. With realtime reporting, however, attorneys, Judges and clients can access the testimony immediately. A Judge can even review or mark portions or take notes on their own version of the transcripts. It’s also easier to look for specific phrases or other inputs in this situation.
Digital vs. Realtime: Readback
How easy it is to search a digital audio record depends a great deal on the ability of the tape operator as it relates to annotation. If the court requests a readback with digital recordings, it can be frustrating, not possible, or the cause of numerous delays. In any case, none of these are ideal. A computerized court stenographer, though, can accommodate requests for readback within seconds and can even allow parties in the courtroom to analyze the record to see what was actually said. Attorneys also have access to this information in a text format on their laptops immediately, making it much easier.
Digital vs. Realtime: Reliability
Often, problems with digital recordings are not known until it’s too late. The success of digital recording relies on the audio being captured properly. With the potential to capture private conversations or other background noise, getting an accurate and high-quality recording back is always at risk with a digital recording.
Digital vs. Realtime: Transcription and Record Review
Reviewing a complete audio record takes a lot of time, and the majority of attorneys and judges do not want to have to listen to the full-length recording. If a case is moved on to the appeal process, the digital audio has to be sent on to a transcriber for the proper production of the transcript.
With realtime, attorneys and judges can both review and annotate the testimony during the proceedings. Notes taken from a court reporter’s transcript can also easily be put into a printed report or cut-and-pasted onto a screen.
Digital vs. Realtime: Actual Products
While an audio recording system can generate a recording, a stenographic reporter will produce the transcript electronically and the final paper transcript accurately. Regardless of what either of those are needed for, it’s more efficient to get both at the same time.
While the realtime court reporter or stenographic reporter might initially seem more expensive, this is not the case when you factor in the ability to read back and review materials immediately and the potential for getting both the paper and electronic version at the same time.
Boss Reporting provides nationwide court reporting services for trials, depositions, mediations, arbitrations, conferences and meetings as well as closed captioning. To learn more about how realtime reporting can benefit you, call us at 954-467-6867 or simply request a quote.