Court reporting is the process of documenting the speech that occurs during legal proceedings, either in a courtroom or during depositions that are recorded outside of court. Court reporters record the words of defendants, lawyers, prosecutors and other people appearing in court in a written format, allowing legal teams to refer to the documents later to find out what transpired during the court hearing.
Traditionally, court reporters have used a shorthand form of language known as stenography to record court proceedings. After the court proceedings have been completed, court reporters can go back and translate it from shorthand into Standard English, although this process can take a long time.
Real-time court reporting uses technology to quickly translate court reporters’ shorthand into English. This speeds up the process of creating a written record of the court proceedings.
How Real-time Court Reporting Works
Some of the earliest machines to be used by court reporters were known as stenographs. Invented in 1830 and significantly updated in the early 20th century, a stenograph allows court reporters to record their shorthand notes very quickly. A stenograph contains fewer keys than a traditional keyboard and allows more than one key to be pressed at the same time. Court reporters have used stenographs for nearly two hundred years to create a record of court proceedings.
Real-time court reporting involves connecting a court reporter’s stenography machine to a computer. Using computer-aided transcription (CAT) technology, the computer can automatically translate the shorthand notes into a full English report.
Magna Legal Services uses real-time court reporting to ensure that lawyers always have accurate depositions to support their cases in court. Using the latest in reporting technology, along with an advanced online legal management service, Magna Legal Services allows lawyers to organize their depositions and other important legal files from anywhere in the world.
Cost Benefits of Real-time Court Reporting
One of the main benefits of real-time court reporting technology is that it is interactive, which means it allows you to make notes on a testimony. You can easily view previous parts of the testimony, which facilitates on-the-fly research. This can cut down on the overall research costs that your business faces.
Another key benefit of real-time court reporting technology is that it allows transcripts to be delivered very quickly, cutting down on the amount of time you spend waiting for the information you need. This makes the litigation process more efficient, which could lead to significant cost savings for your legal firm.
Magna Legal Vision takes real-time court reporting to the next level. This platform allows you to collect and organize video depositions using video teleconferencing and streaming services. This technology can save time and cut costs by reducing the need for people giving testimonies to physically travel to your office or the courtroom. The platform also offers multimedia features, in which witnesses can annotate exhibits during a deposition. These tools can be extremely powerful in many cases.
Advantages of Real-time Court Reporting
Real-time court reporting has many advantages. The most obvious advantage is the great