What is There to Know About Realtime Court Reporting?

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Realtime court reporting can be a beneficial service for many legal professionals, as this enables counsel to watch the proceeding live whether they are in or out of the courtroom. While most legal counsel probably have to attend, others can still be a part of it without being present. Realtime is when the court reporter’s stenotype (or “shorthand”) is immediately converted into language. Just as fast as the court reporter can press a key stroke, is it then translated and available to those who are tuned in. Realtime can be accessed through streaming by participants who are watching remotely.

Not all court reporters may have the equipment to do realtime reporting. Be sure to ask before you hire a court reporter for an upcoming meeting. If you have any additional questions about realtime, you can contact a qualified court reporter in your city.

Why is realtime preferred for many legal professionals?

Realtime is a neat feature that many court reporters can offer, as it enables a legal professional to make notes about what is being said in the courtroom for follow up later on. Additionally, any inconsistencies can be flagged so clarification can occur right away and not disrupt the flow. Legal proceedings can be immensely time-consuming as they are, so realtime can help the deposition keep running smoothly with minimal interruptions.

Can realtime reporting actually help the legal team with the case?

Yes, some realtime softwares offer a messaging feature where the legal team can exchange notes to each other regarding a new strategy or line of questioning, that is entirely confidential. This can result in less or shorter breaks, keeping the proceeding moving at a steady yet efficient pace. You can inquire with a potential court reporter to see if he or she offers this feature for your next meeting, hearing, or deposition.

What is the benefit of being able to remotely stream the proceeding?

There may be situations where a member of the legal team needs to know about the proceeding, but is unable to attend. He or she can then join the realtime streaming, and can still be updated on what is happening while being away.

Does a court reporter have to be skilled to use realtime?

Many court reporters who have realtime capabilities, are skilled in processing information rapidly as well as mastering the technology being utilized. It takes focus, knowledge of the subject matter, and being technologically savvy to offer quality realtime services to legal professionals.

Can it help to send the court reporter legal materials before the proceeding?

A court reporter  offers may ask a lawyer for case-related terminology or materials before the depositions, so they have more time to prepare and can be as accurate as possible. These materials can be helpful to the court reporter, particularly for depositions in extremely technical matters. A court reporter that is not prepared can end up interfering and making the proceeding take longer by having to ask for clarification repeatedly.