Technology has changed Court Reporting

Court reporters are seen in every courtroom in the country. They have been recording court proceedings for the public record for decades and are the official keepers of the record … the accurate record.

Court reporters must accurately document conversations, word-for-word, that are exact, precise and legally binding.  Not only do they act as stenographers and make exact transcripts that are easy to read for court cases, but they also organize those records so they can easily be retrieved by attorneys, clients, and judges.

They are extremely important during an appeal process and provide substantial benefits to the hearing impaired, giving them an opportunity to review proceedings in writing that they may not have understood when they were in the courtroom.

Court reporting is a competitive industry; attorneys hire court reporters, so court reporters are always looking for ways to keep their clients happy, giving the attorneys incentive to use them over and over again for their depositions. In order to compete, some court reporters are becoming popular with the use of mobile transcripts.

Mobile Transcript is an interactive court transcript or deposition specifically designed for reading and reviewing on an attorney’s smartphone or any other mobile device. This is great new technology that court reporters must command, but given their reasonably good salary, that shouldn’t be a problem.

When a court report e-mail’s a transcript as a text file, the client must zoom in to view the text, scroll right and left to read the testimony and zoom out to navigate the file.

Mobile Transcript not only allows the transcripts to be read on a lawyer’s mobile phone, but it is also an interactive app with many features, allowing your client to be productive and log billable time while doing so.

The attorney has immediate access to all transcripts, in all cases, from a smartphone or wireless device. They can take a look at the disposition while attending meetings or traveling without having the need for computer access or an internet connection. This will save the client time and provide convenience. Mobile Transcript gives court reporters a new marketing tool in order to generate more business. See also this post about Court Reporter Careers.

It offers new mobile technology to court reporter’s existing clients and gives them a way to make new connections with prospective clients. It only takes a reporter one minute to upload a transcript to a lawyer’s account, and the client is charged for mobile transcript files.

A service of process is the procedure of giving a written legal notice of a court action to the defendant to enable that individual to give a response before the initial court date. New technology has changed the service of the process like it has changed the educational options as well for paralegals and court reporters.

Before the internet and email technology, the court system would have to wait on our mail service to file complaints and judgments. Today, complaints can be filed instantly allowing judges, county attorneys, and lawyers to immediately access and view court documents. Of course, court reporters still use the stenograph, but this speeds up the process allowing for quicker filings and notification of court actions such as restraining and no contact orders to defendants.

E-Repository saves the court time and money. An e-repository is an online archive or digital collection of data that is viewed online. Courts today are putting away their pens and paper and storing all their information on E-Repositories.

They are taking the place of paper repositories. Several thousands of pages of information and court documents can be stored electronically in files that can be easily accessed by attorneys, judges and other court personnel so all these technological developments are real benefits for the court reporter’s job.

The documents are also electronically bookmarked from the Table of Contents, which means that the user can go directly to a particular portion of the document by clicking on the item in the table of contents.

This paperless file is cutting down on the cost of paper and printing expenses not to mention the manual labor involved. The files can be viewed easily and quickly from virtually anywhere with internet access, for this reason, courts around the world are switching to E-Repositories.