Court Reporting Needs a Human Touch

How important is court reporting? Pretty darn important, as a new story shows us. A man charged with the attempted murder of several deputies in Carter County, TN, was given a new preliminary hearing in his case because the audio in his court record was unable to be transcribed by the court reporter.

Kelly Pitts, who allegedly shot several deputies during a standoff in December 2015, had his case sent back to the General Sessions Court because of the audio failure. This had also happened in a separate attempted murder case in the exact same court system.

Because of these audio failures, Carter County started implementing upgrades to the system, which cost northward of $14,000. This doesn’t even include the costs of literally redoing the case of the attempted murder.

These technological failures can and will keep happening, and no upgrade is going to be better than a human ear. Even the most sophisticated computer is unable to understand cross-talk, murmuring, coughs, crying, mumbling, or just plain gibberish. People get emotional on the witness stand. It’s not a comfortable place to be.

stenographer, court reporterThat is why court reporters put such stock into what they do. They code their own computers with shorthand. They create their own language so the transcription goes faster. Medication names, which keep getting longer and longer as the businesses keep booming, keep getting entered into computers. Court reporters stay on top of these industries. They follow the trends. They know the medications, the laws, the tricky words — and how to quickly shorten them before getting lost in the fray.

This is why Orange Legal is so good at what it does. Not only does each of our court reporters have a full understanding of medical terminology, but they are also well-versed in construction defects, litigation and maritime law. They possess certifications ranging from FPR, RPR, RMR and CRR — and more. What do you need? Chances are one of our reporters has it.

We provide quick turnaround (transcripts in 7-10 days, or sooner if needed), global scheduling, award-winning support, and real-time reporting. Contact us today and let us show you why a human being will always be better than a computer when it comes to court reporting.