We live in a world where everybody and everything is connected; information can be shared almost instantaneously halfway across the world. This connection is only possible through today’s technology – technology that is now being used in the courtroom. For years, court reporters have been transcribing the events that take place within the courtroom using stenographers and reporting equipment. Today, we offer the use of Realtime technology to improve the transcription of the court reporter and create better, faster access to the reports they generate.
In the past, when a court reporter completed a report, it would need to be transcribed before the court or attorneys had access to it, a process that could take some time. Today, that transcription still needs to take place. However, Realtime technology has made it possible for the report to be transcribed while it’s happening and then interfaced anywhere. These operating systems continually process new data, creating a rough draft transcription that is immediately accessible.
Realtime transcriptions offers a two-fold benefits. First, it is fast. Using this operating system, it’s not necessary to wait for day for delivery of a court report. Second, the transcription can be input into the courtroom testimony program being used. And, to offer further advantage, using Realtime the testimony and court proceedings can be streamed online, creating access to the proceedings nearly anywhere in the world. These aren’t available for any person on the planet to stumble on, but when key players are scattered in different locations, this can be helpful.
How Does it Work?
In order to take down the proceedings of the courtroom, court reporters need to be able to transcribe at least 180 WPM. Stenographic equipment helps them achieve this. When Realtime is included, the stenographic notes are converted through the technology into instant text, text that can then be distributed to the necessary parties. These transcriptions are projected instantly where they need to be viewed. They are also stored digitally. Once the report has been completed, the digital copies can then be used to turn the rough draft into professional transcripts for the court proceedings.
Realtime technology enables immediate transcription of the proceedings of the court, which is great for attorneys and other parties that need access to the report. But there is a third benefit that often goes unconsidered. By creating immediate transcriptions, court proceedings can be easily followed by people who are deaf or hearing impaired. This is especially helpful in the courtroom when you have a jury member or audience participant who is hard of hearing. The proceedings are instantly viewable, which eliminates the need for a translator.
Outside the courtroom, this technology is what makes closed captioning – a service that benefits one third of the population – possible. The technology is widely used by television programs, sports broadcasts, webcast reporters, and news stations to make sure the information they share can be received by nearly everyone.