I’ve been reading a lot about court reporting trends. From digitizing courtrooms with voice recognition software to the court reporter shortage, it may seem like we’re a dying a breed but that’s simply not true. Even in digitized courtrooms, there’s still a need for us. Turns out technology isn’t good for everything.
Not only that, but social media video and livestreaming trends are opening a new need for translating spoken word. Coupled with an emerging court reporter shortage and the value of an education and experience in this area increases.
Real-time reporting needs are growing to include areas outside the courtroom.
Captioning for live events and broadcasts including the news, weather, disasters and emergencies, and sporting events.
Communication Access Real-time Reporting (CART) is the services provided to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It’s also called closed captioning. It may even be available in all K-12 classrooms pending federal legislation.
Webcasting or real-time captioning for live events that include products, corporate meetings, training seminars, and press conferences.
The increased use of livestreaming and video on social media sites like Facebook is creating an even bigger need.
This means a shift in the marketplace. We may not be as necessary in the courtroom but we are needed for transcription services outside whether that’s for attorneys or other professionals.
The Future of Court Reporting
While it seems like a cost savings to implement voice recognition in the courtroom, there’s value to having a real person to transcribe and certify testimony. The technology is good at hearing and understanding one voice at a time but when another speaker is added, the transcription isn’t as accurate. And we know attorneys and judges require exact translation especially in criminal cases where someone’s life is at risk.
No matter how technology has come, we still rely on a human to review the proceedings and transcript before certifying it as accurate. Machines can’t do that.
That means the future of court reporting is alive and well.
Call us today if you’re in need of a court reporter to assist you on an upcoming case!