There’s no denying that technology has been a driving force in the evolution of court reporting. Improved tools and technology have certainly made life as a court reporter much easier. And this will continue for many years to come.
But will technology eventually make court reporters’ jobs obsolete? The short answer is no.
As video and voice recording technologies start to make their way into courtrooms, they simply can’t hold their own against certified court reporters. Here are a few reasons why you need a capable court reporter during your next legal proceeding:
Ensuring accurate and reliable transcripts – Differentiating between multiple speakers at one time, cutting out background noise, and understanding heavy accents or dialects are just a few points of difference between a court reporter and technology. Moreover, a computer cannot ask clarifying questions or read back a portion of the transcribed notes if requested.
Maintaining the integrity of the transcript – If there are off-the-record exchanges, a court reporter knows to withhold this information from the official record. Technology records everything with no points of discernment in situations like this. Furthermore, there have been many incidents in which an investigation has exposed egregious errors within a transcript recorded electronically. Examples have included everything from missing critical testimony to the machine turning off during a proceeding and thus being unable to capture the record.
Single source – For most cases, the court reporter who transcribes the case or deposition is also the court reporter you work with after the trial. He or she will send you the transcript and be your partner from start to finish. With technology processes like voice recording, often multiple people are touching the transcript before it gets in your hands, thus leaving more room for error.
More than a transcriber – Court reporters hold an important role in the courtroom, and serve as more than just a transcriber. They work with attorneys to provide printed or electronic transcripts as requested and are able to be flexible in any situation.
While streamlining processes and improving inefficiencies should be at the top of everyone’s wish list, there are certain things even the most sophisticated technology just can’t do. Contact us today for the capable court reporter you need for your next court case or deposition.