Court Reporting and Technology
Court reports are given very important tasks during court proceedings: they are the ones who will maintain court room records and provide transcripts of the court proceedings according to the strict standards required by the law. However, with the advent of technology, there seems to be a shift of the tide and nowadays the role of court reporters are being nudged aside by machines.
Courtrooms today appear to be relying more on machines during court proceedings rather than hire court reporters. Many courts have already started using digital audio recording instead of court reporters for a variety of reasons, one of them being that they offer convenience in “play backs” and costing less than court reporters. Reports also show that it makes it easier for lawyers to review the record, make a citation, or write a brief.
Court reporters today are also keeping up with the technological advances, and are also incorporating the use of several machines and software to provide better services. With today’s clients increasing requests, it is no wonder court reporting is already incorporating different media (such as videotapes, video conference, and many others) in order to bring services that play a critical role in the lengthy and complicated litigation cases. Although there is still a high demand for the traditionally certified court reporter, those who are adept with high-tech services are more favored and preferred. By using modern technology in providing better services, court reporters are able to give a range of services fitting to each special case. Those who advocate the use of modern technology to enhance court reporting advises a well-designed and unified system that permits the use of digital audio recordings combined with the expertise of court reporters, particularly when complex proceedings are expected. Although many judges are becoming more accustomed digital recordings, the presence of court reporters is still valuable and beneficial for the court proceedings.