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5 Reasons Why Human Touch is Needed in Court Reporting

As technology takes over the world, replacing human jobs, many people assume that voice recording technology will replace court reporting – but that simply isn’t the case. In an earlier blog post I discussed the reasons why technology will never replace court reporters, and in this post, I will dive deeper into why human touch is so necessary when it comes to court reporting.

5 Reasons Why Human Touch Is Needed in Court Reporting:

1.     Confidentiality. The confidentiality of trials is trusted with court reporters, being that they are humans who were sworn in to do their job and confidentiality is a requirement of that job. Court reporting is a career that is taken very seriously by court reporters, especially when it comes to confidentiality. If voice recording technology is being used instead, there is an added risk that the contents of the transcript will be exposed. There will be multiple people able to listen to or read the transcript since the recording equipment would need someone to handle it, and there needs to be someone to turn the recording into a written transcript. 

2.     Machines malfunction, humans do not. Voice recording technology will always be risky because there will always be a chance of malfunction. A machine malfunction will require a paid professional to repair the equipment and no one who is a part of the trial wants to deal with this waste of time and money. Human court reporters cannot malfunction, and they take their job very seriously when it comes to punctuality and reliability.

3.     Human beings are able to understand more during the deposition. Court reporters are able to distinguish between different voices when people talk over each other, which is not something that voice recording technology is able to do. Court reporters are also able to understand different accents, and the terms during a complex expert testimony. These are skills that you can teach a human being, but not a machine.

4.     Immediate availability of transcript. Court reporters are able to provide immediate availability of the transcript, whether it be needed in print or soft copy. This would be a much more complicated process if the trial was recorded using voice recording technology.

5.     Preparation for deposition. Court reporters prepare for depositions, whether it be through researching medical terms or getting to know the names of those involved in the trial. With a prepared court reporter, the trial will move more smoothly. Voice recording technology obviously cannot do this.

A human being will always be better than a computer when it comes to court reporting.