Advantages of Using Video Court Reporting

November 18, 2014

Technology has forever changed the game for trial and all aspects of the legal field. Keeping up with the times is essential for running a successful business. Don’t worry, you don’t have to know how to operate all of the technical equipment, just us.

If your company or law firm is experiencing its first need for a court reporter, there are several things that will determine the best reporter for your needs, including a reporter’s specialty, advanced certification, experience with certain case types, etc. But one aspect of court reporting that applies to all reporting scenarios is whether or not to use video. Traditionally, all proceedings, legal and otherwise, were recorded with a stenograph machine and translated into a written manuscript. But today, most law firms and companies use video court reporting. Below, we look at some advantages of using video court reporting versus traditional reporting.

Video Creates a Visual Record

When you record someone saying something on video, they can’t blame a stenographer for mishearing what was said and recording the wrong words, which can be a valuable asset in both company meetings and legal proceedings. Although the wording in written transcripts is ubiquitously trusted, there’s no substitute for recording a person’s words on video, as it often conveys more than simply what is said.

Video Catches Things that Transcripts Don’t

Although written transcripts contain descriptions of nonverbal communication, it’s often difficult to capture the nature of such communication in written words. As result, most attorneys prefer to video record their depositions. Despite a person’s words, their body language, breathing pattern, eye movements, and a variety of other non-verbal communicators can indicate their confidence or lack thereof in their positions.

Video is Powerful with Juries

If you want to convince a jury that a defendant or plaintiff is a really selfish dullard, get your evidence on video. Despite what people say with their mouth, they typically can’t hide their essence of their personality, especially not when questioned at length by a skillful attorney. As an individual’s pride, ambivalence, conceit, etc. bubbles to the surface in subtle ways, the jury will see your point.

Video is Excellent for Review

Although the movies often portray an attorney who delves into voluminous transcripts as passionately dedicated to the truth, real attorneys know that there’s nothing more exacerbating than wasting time searching through paper transcripts when time is short and a case is on the line. Litigation support services can make a video easily navigable with video/text synchronization, which also makes a video easier to present to a jury.

Video is Valuable for Archiving

When coupled with a written transcript, video offers the most consummate archival record. Instead of simply pulling out a transcript years later to review what was said during a proceeding, you can also refer to a video to better refresh your memory. Originally offered in analogue form, court reporting firms now offer videos in digital form, making them easy to store on computer or disc.

Video has added a lot of valuable traits to the legal era today. There are many great benefits and taking advantage of these benefits will add value to any company. Technology is forever changing, however, so who knows how things will be in years to come.



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