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Let’s talk about realtime reporting, what it is and what this secret court reporter skill can do for you. Have you seen reporters come to a deposition and set up both their steno machine and a laptop and wondered why? The reason is they stream their written stenographic notes from the steno machine to the laptop and their software translates the steno language into English. It’s not magic, but it sure seems like it. Court reporters put a lot work into building their steno-to-English dictionary as well as the skill of writing at high speeds with accuracy.

With the magic of technology, that same feed can be streamed to the laptop or iPad of counsel participating in the proceedings as well as any remote participants that are given access to the feed, such as office support staff or expert witnesses or clients. So that’s what realtime is. The instantaneous translation of a reporter’s stenographic notes into English and streamed to participants. It’s even possible to stream to an audience on a large screen for live events.

Now that you know what realtime is, why would you want it? First, the realtime feed can keep a deposition moving along smoothly with the ability of counsel to make notes in the testimony of subjects that need clarification without having to request the reporter to read back. Secondly, realtime can also save time down the road because of the ability to make notes in the transcript that need follow up or further research. And lastly, it’s also possible to send secure instant messages to another participant. Sometimes a second set of eyes can be invaluable. For these reasons, requesting realtime services for those important depositions can definitely provide an advantage before you even receive the final transcript.

Realtime is not just for depositions or the legal world. There’s lots of other settings where a stenographic court reporter’s skill can also provide a valuable service:

  • Realtime captioning is used for live broadcasts, such as news shows, weather disasters/emergencies, and sports events.
  • Communications Access Realtime Reporting (CART): CART reporting provides specialized services to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals in classrooms and at live events, such as religious and civic services.
  • Webcasting provides realtime captioning for web-based live events, such as product introductions, corporate sales meetings, training seminars, and press conferences.


Now the secret is out. Want to learn more about how realtime reporting can elevate your deposition strategy? Give us a call and we’ll walk you through everything you need to know.

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