If you’ve spent any time in a courtroom recently, you may have noticed an empty seat. In more and more states, budgetary concerns are replacing court reporters with electronic recording systems (ERS) monitored by court personnel. In every other way, a trial or hearing may continue normally, but when court is adjourned, the attorney or paralegal may have the added responsibility of finding an experienced legal transcriptionist to produce the proceeding’s audio transcription.
You may find electronic recordings in municipal courts, in magistrates courts, in probate courts, and before masters-in-equity. And courts are not the only entities using ERS. Law enforcement agencies record interviews of witnesses and suspects, and the transcripts of these recordings are used in criminal prosecution. State human resources departments record employee grievance hearings or wrongful termination hearings, and transcripts are often needed for the appeals process. If you require a transcript of your proceeding, you’re going to need to secure an audio transcription.
In some states, such as Utah, transcripts are produced by transcriptionists who contract directly with the state judiciary, thus streamlining the ordering process. In South Carolina, however, the use of ERS differs by county, and getting your audio transcription is usually a two-step process. First, you must secure a copy of the recording from the clerk of court. Second, you must find a transcriptionist who can produce your transcript in the turnaround time you require. And while the court reporter may have been absent from your proceeding, a court reporting firm is likely to produce the fastest, most accurate audio transcription.
Over the years, you’ve come to know that our court reporters are serious when it comes to quality transcripts and tight deadlines. But did you know that CompuScripts’ staff is experienced at producing accurate audio transcripts in the turnaround time you require? We carefully research content terminology, and our transcriptionists certify that each audio transcription is a “true, accurate, and complete record of the audio file” based on the quality of the recording.
While the pros and cons of court reporters versus electronic recording systems may be debated in a future blog, CompuScripts can provide you with a quality transcriptionist or court reporter to satisfy your ever-changing litigation needs.