Generally, when a court reporter takes down a record of what is said in a proceeding, they use shorthand, a kind of abbreviated language that allows them to keep up with the spoken word. A stenotype, the machine used to take the shorthand notes, has a limited number of keys and only produces information in shorthand. With traditional reporting, this language would be translated at a later time after the proceeding and presented in ordinary language. So what is real time reporting?
With real time reporting, the process of transcribing spoken words is made faster and arguably more efficient. When real time reporting, a court reporter takes notes on a stenotype in shorthand, which is instantly translated into ordinary language and delivered on a computer screen virtually instantaneously. The instant translation is often done using computer aided transcription software, but there are other methods as well.
Methods Of Real Time Reporting & Alternatives
Real time reporting can be done through the use of software that instantly transcribes information as it is said in a proceeding from the steno machine. Real time court reporters can edit transcribed testimony during breaks in a proceeding so that the final transcript is produced faster than a traditional transcript. Even real time rough draft transcripts may still contain some shorthand notations. The computer aided transcription software, however, allows the reporter to clean the draft up at the end of the proceeding to provide a better quality transcript. The cleaned up draft can generally be available in a matter of minutes after the proceeding. This can allow the client to receive the work faster and at a reduced cost in some cases.
Benefits Of Real Time Reporting
With instant access to a transcript, your legal team can make notes in real time and highlight key points to help build your arguments. With software assistance, the transcript can even be streamed to remote parties involved in the case.
In addition to providing legal teams instant access to the transcript, real time reporting can also be used in other contexts. For example, it can be used to assist deaf or hard of hearing individuals to follow a proceeding or to enable immediate closed captioning of video or webcast content. This is especially important if the person is expected or desires to participate in the proceedings and would not otherwise be able to follow or keep up with the proceeding even with lip reading or sign language. The real time reporter in these contexts can provide instant transcription of a speaker’s words to a whole room of people, or directly to one person’s computer.
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It is best to choose a certified real time court reporter when engaging real time reporting services. A certified real time court reporter should be well versed with the software required for this kind of reporting to produce an accurate transcript.
There are many benefits to using real time reporting, and working with a trusted service provider is key. A. William Roberts, Jr. & Associates can provide certified court reporters with deep real time experience both nationally and globally, with 24/7 availability. Schedule with us today.