Deposition Audio Recording

Digital court reporting and recording is a method for the processes of capturing, producing, delivering, and storing the digital verbatim record of a proceeding.

The different types of proceedings that are commonly found to be digitally recorded are court hearings, governmental administrative hearings and meetings, depositions, corporate meetings, or any kind of gathering where dialogue is needed to be preserved.

Digital court reporting, also known as electronic court reporting, has evolved quite recently across the United States with the advent of advanced mobile audio recording systems that support multiple channels, from 4-channel to 16-channel, providing the ability to record multiple people talking simultaneously and transcribe each channel separately. Each channel has its own volume control, making transcription easy and efficient. This ensures that you capture every word that is spoken.

A digital court reporter performs the same duties and functions as a stenographic court reporter but applies his or her skills using digital recording software and hardware for capturing the verbatim record.

A digital court reporter using best practices during the daily performance of his or her duties:

  • Checks and tests that all hardware (computer/laptop, microphones, mixer and, if used, video camera) and software (recording and log notes) are in working order prior to the commencement of the proceedings.
  • Gathers all case information pertaining to venue, case number, style, attorneys of record information, names of parties, witness names with spellings, etc. prior to the start of the proceeding. This information is essential to ensure accuracy in the transcription process.
  • Records everything (at the instruction of the presiding official) and makes detailed log notes (annotations) regarding party identification and/or change of speakers, new questions and answers, noted spellings, key words of interest, etc. during the proceedings. These log notes assist in any requested searches of the digital record during or after the proceedings. This process is similar to a stenographic or voice court reporter and allows a digital reporter to read/play back a question or answer. Marks and notes exhibits when identified, introduced, and admitted. Detailed log notes assist court administration and judges to quickly review what occurred at a previous hearing. The log notes are also essential in the transcription process to ensure accuracy of the final transcript.
  • Takes charge of the record and for each proceeding, manages individuals speaking at the same time, and gets accurate spellings of unusual names or terms. These are all the identical functions to those performed by a stenographic or voice court reporter while capturing the record.
  • Follows best practices, for preparing the digitally recorded verbatim record for transcription and storage, once the proceedings are concluded.