June 8, 2020
With today’s advanced technology, many attorneys and legal establishments are opting to record the majority of their cases and hearings digitally. Even some professional court reporters are beginning to use digital recordings. While this option is cheaper in terms of man-hours, it can be incredibly costly when it comes to accuracy.
Digital recordings provide an accurate account of everything said during the course of an interview, interrogation, or testimony. Video recordings can capture facial expressions, gestures, and other visual elements that a voice recorder does not.
When digital recordings are used, equipment must be properly maintained so that it continues to function properly at all times. It is also important that the equipment is monitored throughout its operation to prevent any glitches or malfunctions that could cost you valuable information.
Court reporting involves capturing everyone’s words during a court or deposition proceeding. The court reporters prepare verbatim transcripts of the proceeding, which is an official record that safeguards the legal process. Court reporting is a real-time and proven method that provides voice-to-text translation, allows attorneys and judges to have quick access to the transcript, and helps deaf and hard-of-hearing people to participate in the judicial process.
Although digital reporting is a reasonable method of producing an official record, the process has many flaws that can leave legal professionals susceptible to a variety of risks. Some of the risks associated with digital reporting include:
Apart from this, lack of legal knowledge and a variety of other factors can affect the integrity of the digital record.
Here are some advantages of having a professional court reporter to transcribe a hearing or other legal meetings.
Digital recording is an excellent option if there is no way for a court reporter to be present. When a court reporter is available, they make all the difference between an accurate recording and one that is not only accurate but also complete and concise.
When you hire a professional court reporter, you are ensuring that you will receive a court reporting of the highest standard. Court reporters have training and years of experience as well as an understanding of the legal system, which is important for properly reporting courtroom proceedings. This kind of advantage does not come with a digital recording. While it is cheaper to hire a digital reporter, when it comes to a multi-million-dollar settlement or a serious verdict in a criminal trial, cost-cutting may not be a wise choice. Digital records also cannot produce an instant or complete transcription, whereas court reporters can produce real-time transcripts.
Colleen Jilio-Ryan is the Owner of Jilio-Ryan, a Tustin based premiere law consulting firm. The firm along with its certified court reporters is dedicated to providing the highest quality deposition and litigation services to attorneys, insurance companies, and corporations. With her sincere efforts, Colleen is committed to meeting the highest standards of the legal industry, and is an industry leader when it comes to on-time court reporting and deposition scheduling.
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