There have been significant advances in court reporting technology over the past few years. While stenography may seem outdated now that video is available, there are still many advantages to using a court reporter to take depositions and record court proceedings.
- Realtime reporting. While video and voice recording can be used to create a transcript after proceedings have ended, court reporters create realtime court transcription that can be stopped and read back if something needs to be clarified during legal proceedings. If video recordings are stopped to review testimony during proceedings, anything that happens in the interim will be lost.
- Text-to-speech failure. There are some text-to-speech options available to do the work of a certified court reporter. However, anyone who uses a text-to-speech option on his cellphone knows that these programs are not always reliable. Names are often misheard or spelled incorrectly, and programs will often have difficulty with accents, intonation, and interpreting speech that is mumbled or quiet.
- Overlapping dialogue. Both human and digital court reporting services have difficulty recording testimony when many people speak at once. However, a court reporter can ask to have testimony repeated immediately after the confusion occurs rather than attempting to separate the elements of conversation later.
In many cases, attorneys will use a digital recording service and court stenographers depending on the complexities of the case. The advantage of having an on-site court reporter as well as recordings means that there is less margin for error, preserving the most accurate account of the case. For more information on the benefits of live court reporting, visit us on Facebook or visit our testimonials page to see if you may benefit from our services.