Technology and Court Reporters

 December 11, 2016      

The professional court reporter has been an indispensable fixture in our courtrooms for a long period now. However, various concerns have been raised that sooner rather than later, these court reporters will be replaced voice recognition technology. Even though voice recognition software is quite efficient, it has its perks too. For a field that is as sensitive as the courtroom, it is unlikely that technology will ever fully replace court reporters.

It is vivid that court reporters are usually responsible for producing accurate transcripts unfailingly after court proceedings. This is not their only importance. Also they provide the law clerks, court clerks, jurors, judges and all other parties with real-time feeds.
So long as there is a wireless network in the courtroom, then these real-time feeds can be accessed by all of these parties. This allows any authorized party relevant to the proceedings to check the record instantly. This is an aspect of the court that is very advantageous for parties who have hearing loss.

Another merit of court reporters is their unsurpassed accuracy and reliability. There is no voice recognition software that can mimic the accuracy and reliability that is provided by court reporters regardless of the various advances in voice recognition technology over the last couple of years. These court records are accurate beyond question, and essential to making sure the trial process is fair and just.

Court reporters have the luxury of being able to go beyond the transcript. A recorder in the vicinity of the courtroom will pick up every single thing, from the noise in the background to the testimony given by a witness. This makes the court reporter more superior than voice recognition software as they have superior voice discrimination. A court reporter will have the ability to distinguish between various voices and distractions.

Voice recognition software may excel in a case where there is a sole speaker. However, it fails miserably at discriminating among a variety of speakers and is likely to run it trouble with typical background noise in the courtroom, such as clearing of throats, shuffling of papers and whispers.

When it comes to documents, court reporters are also superior. They often provide court parties with an immediate turn around in multiple formats ranging from printouts to photograph, digital and voice recordings. Often, paralegals will request both digital and printed formats are making them much easier to utilize in the courtroom.