In the court reporter and legal news recently, we have seen debate on the use of the stenographic realtime court reporter versus the use of digital audio recording technology. “Judges and Litigators Explain Why They Prefer Realtime Reporters to Recording Devices” covers why stenographic realtime technology is the superior method — and the comments come directly from you, the user of this technology in the judicial arena. In reading this, I hope you find some additional benefits for use of the stenographic realtime reporter of which you and your attorneys may take advantage.
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Judges and Litigators Explain Why They Prefer Realtime Reporters to Recording Devices
By Jerry Kelley
• I prefer using realtime court reporting (with encryption to ensure privacy), with the spoken word appearing in realtime, in English, on my laptop computer screen for immediate use.
• The judge, counsel, co-counsel, house counsel, client, law clerks, legal assistants, experts, and those in the “war” room can have an instant, up-to-the-minute realtime feed during deposition or court proceedings for immediate use.
• By using realtime, we can know that the proceedings are being recorded. With audio, sometimes we have gone all day before finding out that no record had been made.
• Realtime court reporters can simultaneously digitally record the proceedings. Digital recording devices cannot simultaneously provide realtime feed.
• I can actually see realtime court reporters stop writing when they overhear privileged communication between attorneys and clients. Recording devices just keep recording everything.
• Any errors in the realtime feed can be detected as they happen.
• A live court reporter can and should make sure that speakers speak one at a time and/or repeat anything that would otherwise not show up in the record. A recording device cannot perform that task, and even the best transcripts from recording devices contain [inaudible] and [indiscernible].