Court reporting is an extremely technical field, with advances being made every day. In order to provide the best possible service to their clients, court reporters must keep up with the latest modern technological developments. One of the most highly utilized advances in court reporting is realtime reporting.
Realtime is a method of court reporting that gives clients a live, verbatim record of legal proceedings. This is delivered to clients’ laptops as a legal proceeding is taking place and allows attorneys to annotate transcripts and create customized reports, all on demand. Everything including transcripts and annotations are fully searchable over the entire length of the proceeding, whether it lasts a few hours or a few weeks. Immediately following the proceeding, attorneys receive a draft of the transcript that includes their annotations and highlights.
Aside from the live nature of realtime reporting, there are several other benefits. Attorneys have found that they can spend significantly less time preparing for and attending legal proceedings when realtime reporting is in place. Many attorneys have come to rely on realtime reporting to help them organize the next day’s deposition in cases where depositions span several days. They can multi-task by managing and reviewing evidence including transcripts and exhibits during the deposition or other legal proceeding. They can even share the feed with team members who are working remotely in multiple locations, further enhancing collaboration. For those who are hearing impaired, realtime reporting offers a useful alternative to a sign language interpreter.
Sounds great. But how does it work? To enable realtime reporting, the court reporter’s stenographic keyboard is connected to his or her laptop that is running a realtime software program. As the court reporter types, the program translates stenographic symbols into words. Attorneys can connect to this feed of information (either with a physical cable from the courter reporter’s computer or via the internet) and on their computers will see a transcript that keeps pace with testimony as it is spoken.
Realtime court reporting is growing in popularity. Realtime reporting is so effective because it brings together the skill, experience and human touch of a court reporter and the speed and power of computers, software and the internet. If you would like to give realtime reporting a try, contact Diamond, a leader in realtime court reporting.
Diamond Reporting & Legal Video, one of New York’s largest and most respected court reporting and legal videography firms with a staff of 250 court reporters, has been providing court reporting services to the legal profession since 1980. We use state-of-the-art technology to provide our clients with the benefits of interactive realtime reporting using Livenote and CaseView Net. After depositions, e-transcripts are available in multiple formats and are stored on our online transcript and exhibit repository. This allows our clients secure storage and access to transcripts, 24/7, no matter where they are. For more information or to schedule your next deposition, contact Diamond Reporting today.