Real-time court reporting can benefit attorneys for both the plaintiff and the defense, allowing them to access testimony immediately, as it’s happening, and respond accordingly. This is a value-added service from professional court reporters, and can help attorneys craft a thoughtful response, immediately, plus reference important facts when they need them. 

What Is Real-Time Court Reporting?

With a real-time feed during deposition, attorneys can attend remotely, either from their office or from the office of a co-counsel, dramatically reducing the need for travel and expense of remote deposition. Using a court reporting service allows attorneys to concentrate on the words being said, instead of splitting their attention between taking notes and actively listening.

Why Do Attorneys Need Real-Time Reporting?

Once the testimony is transcribed, attorneys or their support teams can easily scroll for pertinent responses, or mark or unmark certain lines of testimony for reference. Or, lines of testimony can be flagged with a number, which corresponds to case-specific issues to easily compile arguments from multiple sources of testimony. The transcriptions are also easily searchable, allowing attorneys to type in certain keywords or phrases to find topics quickly. This is much more efficient than searching through pages of handwritten or typed notes and can save time at trial. Plus, users can insert notes in the testimony for use at a later date. With real-time access to transcribed testimony, lawyers can immediately clarify, if they misheard, versus waiting for a transcription to come back from a traditional court reporter. Sometimes, the answer that you think you hard isn’t actually what was said. Having transcription in real-time can reduce these errors and misunderstandings. 

Advantages For the Hearing Impaired

It’s not just the convenience for attorneys that’s made real-time reporting so popular. Having testimony available in the scripted form, instead of only spoken, makes it easier for hard-of-hearing participants in the trial process to read the testimony and have a greater understanding of what is being said. In fact, in the United States, there have been 2 cases that were successfully appealed deaf or hard of hearing, During the trial process, they weren’t fully able to follow the proceedings. Therefore, real-time reporting enabled these parties to participate without an interpreter. In other cases, jurors may be selected that are deaf or hard of sharing, and employing real-time reporting can open up the juror pool to a wider number of candidates. 

Schedule Your Real Time Court Reporting Today!

Depo International offers easy, effective, and secure depositions from anywhere in the world. Our professional court reporters quickly transcribe testimony at both discovery and trial and compile easy to read notes for you and your team of attorneys. Opting for real-time court reporting can give your case a larger advantage, as you have expert notes delivered immediately, helping you better craft your case. Give us a call or visit us online for a custom evaluation of your needs.