Digital recording companies make promises they can’t deliver with regard to their automated speech recognition capabilities. For The Record (FTR) charged $450 for “something that was, as you saw, not of much use.”

The Indiana Supreme Court has proposed changes to “modernize” the courts by making stenography illegal. Their solution: video records and ASR rough drafts. The user experience in the Murdaugh trial highlights the reality of the lack of quality such pound-foolish decisions will have on Indiana court users should the Supreme Court Rules proposed changes be adopted.

“The court reporter is the official officer creating the verbatim record of a proceeding. NCRA members are certified professionals who are dedicated guardians of the record, adhering to strict ethical guidelines and industry standards. The importance of using an NCRA certified court reporter is critical in order to maintain the integrity and accuracy of a transcript. A certified court reporter would not have produced a transcript, even a rough draft, full of ‘inaudibles’ or incorrect testimony,’ said South Carolina Court Reporter Lauren A. Balogh, RPR. ‘This is truly another example of why digital reporting should not have a place in the courtroom.’

“View the working list of recent digital failures in other national, well-known cases compiled by the NCRA STRONG Committee here.”

Source: Journal of Court Reporting

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