Law School Discussion

Why do we still have stenographers?

Why do we still have stenographers?
« on: May 12, 2016, 07:16:31 PM »
Once that little red light turns on that its being recorded.......why do we waste money on stenographers to sit there and type? Is there any logical reason for this?

Re: Why do we still have stenographers?
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2016, 03:05:35 AM »
Stenography is likely one of the most identifiable methods of recording the spoken word, as stenographers have been a familiar sight in courtrooms for the better part of the 19th and 20th centuries. Stenography, in short, is the act of recording spoken words through shorthand using a stenotype machine.

Shorthand certainly isnít a new concept, and there have been countless shorthand systems developed. Depending on the language, a shorthand system may rely on symbols, which represent specific sounds, concepts, or letters, or it may rely on letters that have specific meanings. Some shorthand systems are even specially coded for a specific organization or company, thereby keeping sensitive information safe from outsiders.

Whatever stenography system is used, the ultimate goal is to record the spoken word verbatim. Stenography allows court reporters to record proceedings and events much quicker than they would be able to do using a standard keyboard. And, although handwritten stenography has been used for centuries, the use of a stenotype machine allows a court reporter to record information in a less laborious and more accurate manner.

Although todayís court reporters may use a variety of advanced technologies to record written proceedings, stenography still remains the most widely used form, both in and out of the courtroom.

Re: Why do we still have stenographers?
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2017, 09:05:32 PM »
There are technologies where you can record everything said in court but the biggest advantage of having a stenographer in court is that they can ask for clarification of what was said and immediately review the transcript. It would be very hard to all that in the recording.