A stenographic remote court reporter is known to create excellent transcripts as compared to the use of tape recorders in the courtroom. In an environment where there are multiple people speaking, pitch differences, and background noises, a tape recorder may seem like an easy fix at the start but cause complications later while creating transcripts.
Since both the procedures are so different, there are different outcomes that one can expect while using a remote court reporter instead of a tape recorder. Here are some situations where they can be hired.
Having Zoom courtroom sessions can be a bit confusing with multiple speakers and background noises. Recording the meeting may not provide the contextual clarity a court reporter can. They immediately understand if there is something missing from the session, maybe due to network problems, and will always stop the proceedings to ask the testimony to be repeated. This ensures complete and accurate records being noted. From the inaudible parts to any ambiguities, you can expect your remote court reporter to clarify everything so that relying on the recording of your proceedings is secondary to the stenographer’s report.
Another situation where you need a remote stenographer in court reporting is when a part of the record is required to be read back while the proceeding.
Using a tape recorder makes it difficult to rewind and scan to detect just the line you want to replay. It can be painstaking and a waste of precious time.
A remote courtroom reporter makes it incredibly easy as all they have to do is scan their notes quickly to find the highlight of the portion you’re asking to be repeated, saving both time and energy.
There are times when a rough draft of the transcript is immediately required by the legal department so it can be used in the case preparation.
Remote stenographic reporters make this easy by using computers to immediately translate their steno notes into English. The draft can be available to you within a few hours after the conclusion of the proceedings once they review their notes, which is not possible while using a tape recorder.
Many times, it can be very helpful to view the testimony while it is being presented. The remote court reporter uses real-time translation to immediately translate their steno notes into English. Several times the witness may not speak coherent English because of a language barrier. A transcript created in real-time helps you to gauge whether the testimony provided is coherent while being translated. If not, you can clear up any ambiguities instantly that may not be possible using a tape recorder.
The biggest benefit of hiring a remote court reporter is that while your reporter notes every word, a tape recorder can only reproduce sound. For the most accurate transcription of your online proceedings, especially during such times, hiring a remote reporter is the best way to not lose a single detail.