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Court Reporting Service – Not Just For the Courtroom

When you think of a court reporting service, you think of a courtroom stenographer, or a deposition, secretly keying in evidence, right? Although court reporters certainly work in court, spending more time outside court than in court is not uncommon for a court reporter. Many court reporting services actually provide services that are unrelated to legal proceedings.

In addition, the judicial reporting services include reliable, word-for – word transcripts of evidence, depositions, arbitrations and other legal proceedings to the legal industry. These written accounts become included in the legal record. Businesses, government, unions and other organizations that need reliable, verbatim records of meetings, speeches and other government or business proceedings also use court reporting services. Do you want to learn more? Visit Kaplan Leaman & Wolfe Court Reporters of West Palm Beach.

Have you ever watched closed captioned television or “secondary audio programming” (SAP) enabled? Court reporters are often used to transcribe the spoken word into the text you see on-screen when viewing television enabled with those options. Closed captioning allows viewers who are deaf and hard at hearing to see what is being said-in real time. Equipped with real-time court reporting devices, the spoken word can be transcribed by a court reporter into real-time text that appears on TV screens-as the words are said. This same technology can be used at live events, both online and in person.

Reporting systems can also transcribe archives of videotaped and audio to text files. For example, if a lawyer documents a client’s initial appointment, the lawyer might want the recording transcribed later. Likewise, you can also transcribe a videotaped interview, voice, or deposition after the fact. Judicial, medical and business professionals also turn to court monitoring services for dictation transcriptions, video interviews and pre-recorded events.

Because it makes sense to transcribe court testimony, judicial hearings, legislative trials, and depositions to capture what has been said to establish an official legal record, transcription services often make sense in terms of access to information. Modern courthouse reporting systems build transcripts electronically. Instead of searching for a particular passage through mountains of papers or viewing hours of videotapes, a simple search using keyword phrases brings up related passages.

The possibilities are intriguing, when combined with real-time court reporting technology. Imagine having the captioning on-screen during a live lecture series or at a public meeting. Imagine having live text of a conference call or other event broadcast over the internet so that immediate access is available to everyone in your company who needs access to the proceedings. Then, after the case, imagine being able to call up specific passages instantaneously by keying in a few keywords.