Court Reporting Services

A Primer on Court Reporting Services

There are several methods of court reporting.  The most common method is called stenographic. Using a stenotype machine, stenotypists document all statements made in official proceedings. The machine allows them to press multiple keys at a time to record combinations of letters representing sounds, words, or phrases. These symbols are electronically recorded and then translated and displayed as text in a process called computer-aided transcription.

Realtime court reporting is another method of court reporting, wherein stenotype machines used for realtime captioning are linked directly to the computer. As the reporter keys in the symbols, they instantly appear as text on the screen. This process, called Communications Access Realtime Translation (CART), is used in courts, in classrooms, at meetings, and for closed captioning for the hearing-impaired on television.

Realtime technology allows court reporters to instantly convert their stenographic notes into English text.  The text is then displayed on computer monitors or large projection screens placed around the courtroom. The steno machines used today by court reporters are fully computerized. The Realtime software translates the stenographic symbols and allows reporters to keep courtroom records in a digital format. This technology is the nucleus of computerized courtrooms and lets court reporters deliver transcripts within hours, or even minutes, after court adjourns.

Realtime court reporting is convenient and cost effective. As our realtime reporters write transcripts, they appear in English on a linked computer screen.  In addition to seeing the transcript text, the attorney and remote attendees can also:

  • Start and stop text scrolling
  • Create and find annotations and quick marks
  • Mark a line of transcript with an issue
  • Conduct full-text queries across multiple transcripts in full-text
  • Run reports in full text
  • Search previous testimony while viewing ongoing testimony
  • Send realtime messages to team members during a realtime transcript session
  • Save received messages with the realtime transcript
  • Hear testimony through realtime audio streaming.