What is Realtime Court Reporting?
AWR offers expert realtime court reporting services with certified realtime reporters. Realtime reporting is when the court reporter takes down the testimony and immediately feeds it to Counsel’s PC or iPad live—hence the word “Realtime.” This can become extremely beneficial and powerful to Counsel attending depositions.
How Does Realtime Reporting Work?
Realtime court reporting provides highly relevant testimony for courtroom proceedings, allowing attorneys to review the testimony in real-time or at a later date. Realtime technology allows individuals viewing the written transcripts to highlight relevant testimony for later reference; to easily search and find pertinent text; to make notes concerning testimony alongside the written transcript; and to skip to a specific page.
Many attorneys use realtime reporting technology to send and share transcripts in seconds. It often serves as a useful tool for challenging questionable testimony and to track multiple issues. Realtime reporting is particularly helpful in cases that involve multiple depositions and cases with conflicting testimony.
Realtime reporting has become commonplace in a number of settings, including:
- Courtrooms: Many jury trials and high-profile cases necessitate expedited transcripts, which real-time court reporting provides.
- Realtime captioning: Realtime captioning is a must for live events and broadcasts, such as news shows, weather disasters/emergencies, and sports events.
- Communications Access Realtime (CART) Reporting: CART reporting is the act of providing specialized services to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals at live events, such as religious and civic services, lectures, cultural presentations, and classrooms. There is pending federal legislation that will require CART to be made available to all K-12 classrooms in the country.
- Webcasting: Realtime reporting is commonly used for webcasting, the act of providing real-time captioning for web-based live events, such as product introductions, corporate sales meetings, training seminars, and press conferences.
Certified RealTime Reporters (CRR)
Beyond a comprehensive education through a recognized court reporter program, many real-time reporters pursue the National Court Reporter Association’s (NCRA) Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) certification. This certifies a court reporter’s ability to use a stenotype in realtime, providing participants with an instant feed on site at proceedings and remotely.
Candidates pursuing the CRR designation must pass the CRR certification exam, which includes an assessment of their ability to: (1) set up their equipment; (2) complete a five-minute realtime transcription session and achieve 200 wpm at a minimum of 95% accuracy; and (3) convert the transcribed text to an ASCII text file.
To qualify for the CRR exam, individuals must have already obtained the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) designation through the NCRA, and they must be members of the NCRA in good standing.
For certified realtime court reporting services, contact AWR today. We are happy to work with you to accommodate your unique needs.