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​ 8 Advantages of Real-Time Court Reporting

Real-time court reporting is when the stenographer’s shorthand is instantly translated into English, right there during the deposition or trial. New technology has greatly improved the quality of real-time depositions. Now, attorneys are able to view the transcript immediately on an iPad or laptop, as the deposition is happening. There is even a way to instant message during the trial and have conversations off the record.

Even those unable to physically attend the deposition or trial, including counsel, client, clerks, and legal assistants, are able to view the transcript during real-time, as long as they have an internet connection. The advantages to real-time court reporting are undeniable.

8 Advantages to Real-Time Court Reporting:

1.     Instant access to the transcript. Attorneys are able to view the transcript instantly during the deposition/trial. This allows for efficient questioning of the witness and the ability to re-state the previous questions/answers given.

2.     Live review. Because real-time enables the counsel’s team members to view the transcript immediately as it is being taken down, attorneys are able to come up with follow-up questions or rephrase questions for any undesired response from a witness.

3.     Private messaging off the record. Attorneys are able to have off the record conversations through instant messaging during real-time. This saves everyone time by preventing the delay of the deposition caused by interruptions to have off the record conversations.

4.     Cost-effective. Attorneys are able to have the transcript’s rough drafts before the copy of the final official transcript is even complete. This makes it easier to prepare the deposition for the next day and, rather than having an expedited transcript prepared, proves to be cost-effective for both the attorney and their clients.

5.     Remote availability. Other members of the counsel who are unable to physically attend the trial are able to have access to the real-time transcript from any location, as long as they have internet access. Convenience is increased for everyone involved.

6.     The ability to keyword search the transcript. Attorneys are able to search the transcript right there during the deposition/trial for any keywords, which makes it easier to restate something of interest.

7.     The ability to mark key sections for later reference, highlight and issue code text, and to make notes… all during the trial/deposition.

8.     Last but not least – When the deposition is over, you can save the draft transcript with your marks and annotations, in your portal or export locally to your computer, or to Summation, LiveNote or CaseMap. All of these tools are available to you whether you are sitting in the same room as the reporter, in a war room at trial, or attending a deposition from across the world.

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