Recorded Legal Proceedings, Yes or No?

Technology is rapidly growing in business today, and for as wonderful as technology can be, there are still some things it can never replace.   A live professional court reporter is the only way to ensure accurate transcripts for legal proceedings.  Some claim a digital recording of a proceeding is the new way to save on deposition and trial costs, but is it really?

For instance, you are representing a party to a lawsuit, from depositions to trial, the spoken word can be crucial to your client’s position in the case.   Imagine having recorded testimony that is unclear, muffled, unable to be verified, or heard differently depending on which side of the case you’re on, i.e., is it “Yanny” or “Laurel”?  Imagine recording devices failing — yes, it does happen — and then having to repeat the proceeding a second time.  No cost savings there!

Attorneys need to depend on transcript testimony to fight their case.   Recorded testimony that is later transcribed often leaves a transcript filled with “inaudible” or “undiscernible” parentheticals.  Certainly not the type of testimony that can provide confidence for legal proceedings.

Here are just a few things technology cannot do:

1)     A recording cannot ask that a statement be repeated for clarification because multiple people were speaking at the same time.

2)     A recording cannot decipher testimony that was muffled by paper shuffling or other outside interferences.

3)     A recording cannot ask for clarification when words are spoken softly or whispered.

Here are a few things that technology can do:

1)     Technology can provide instant access to certified court reporters and legal videographers in all 50 states at

2)     Technology can provide direct communication with the court reporter and videographer covering your proceeding at

3)     Technology can provide you with upfront service rates, so you know in advance what you will be charged at

eCourt Reporters’ platform is revolutionary technology in the legal industry that is improving the way attorneys, paralegals, and court reporting firms and agencies can schedule qualified, certified, experienced court reporters and legal videographers.

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