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Real Time Trial Transcription


Real time transcription refers to the transcription process done by the court reporters and transcription professionals who use the latest technology called CAT (computer aided transcription) where within a few seconds of a word being uttered in court, it gets recorded as text format and displayed on a computer screen. This technology uses software that allows those involved in the court to instantly take notes or make highlight on these recordings for later reference.

Real time transcription of trials and depositions can be done at a speed of more than 200 words per minute. Some of the advantages of real time transcription include,

  • Can take and incorporate notes with transcription
  • The attorney need not focus/strain on capturing of any data
  • Easy marking/ annotating/ coding
  • Can be sent over the Internet instantly
  • Instant review of witness response is made possible
  • Can include comments/suggestion
  • Remote participation facilitated

Some of the disadvantages of real time transcription come from the fact that one has to increasingly depend on the skill of the court reporter and the speed with which he is able to convert audio into text without mistakes. Real time transcription is also more expensive in comparison to regular not real time transcription.

An example of real time transcription software is Livenote (A Thomson Corporation product), details are available at

Managed Outsource Solutions
(MOS) is a US based company that offers a wide range of legal outsourcing services and legal transcriptions like, court proceedings transcription, trial transcription, verbatim transcription, legal letter transcription, general correspondence transcription and wire tap transcription for clients in all states of the US, the UK, Canada and Australia.

About Julie Clements

Julie Clements

Joined the MOS team in March of 2008. Julie Clements has background in the healthcare staffing arena; as well as 6 years as Director of Sales and Marketing at a 4 star resort. Julie was instrumental in the creation of the medical record review division (and new web site); and has especially grown this division along with data conversion of all kinds.