Why Can’t Electronic Reporting Replace Steno Reporters?


Why Can’t Electronic Reporting Replace Steno Reporters?

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By the National Court Reporters Association


Stenographic reporters have the capability to provide realtime.

Realtime is a process that instantly captures the spoken word so that judges, law clerks, court clerks, parties to a proceeding, jurors, and members of the media, as well as those who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, have immediate access to a transcript.

Realtime feeds can be accessed remotely and by multiple devices, saving time and money. Wireless technology delivers realtime feeds simply and securely.

Stenographic reporters help your court provide an invaluable public service.

Through stenographic realtime, the court and legal system are made accessible to people with hearing loss.

The reliability and accuracy of a stenographic court reporter cannot be replaced by voice recognition in the foreseeable future.

Stenographic reporters have the skill and training to provide the public accurate and reliable court records, ensuring a full and fair appellate review to all parties.

Stenographic court reporters can perform functions that other technologies cannot. They…

• can go beyond the transcript. With transcripts of court proceedings available on demand, a reporter can provide clarification on any moment of the court record, saving time and money.

• are able to discriminate between testimony and background noise and can clarify otherwise inaudible or heavily accented speech.

• do not inadvertently record off-the-record attorney-client exchanges.

Stenographic reporters provide fast turnaround of transcripts. They…

• are able to produce both electronic and paper transcripts, offering virtually instantaneous resources and added flexibility to accommodate the needs of the court.

• are able to provide certified transcripts at the close of business each day to those involved in complicated and/or high-stakes trials.

©2015.  National Court Reporters Association.  This originally appeared on the NCRA’s website.