Providing accurate transcripts has always been an important part of the justice system. Today, the ability to provide accurate transcripts of court proceedings is made easier by technological advances. There are St. Louis court reporters who are capable of providing court rooms with real time reporting.
This means that the stenographic notes taken by Missouri court reporters can instantly be converted into English text. This is possible because court reporters use steno machines that are completely computerized. The sophisticated software that they use provides a translation of stenographic symbols into a digital format, making it easy to have a complete transcript within minutes of the time that the proceedings are adjourned.
The software that court reporters use to provide real time reporting is constantly being updated. The translation dictionaries need to be able to translate millions of different names, places, and events correctly. They also need to correctly translate homophones such as their, and there.
In addition to needing the best available real time technology, court reporters also need to be skilled at taking down testimony very quickly. On average, stenographers take down testimony at about 180 words per minute. To be a certified real time writer, they must be able to write at least 225 words per minute. Once these testimonies have been written down, and translated by the software, judges and attorneys can receive computerized transcripts very quickly. Computerized transcripts are instrumental in helping the judge review what has been said, and reach a verdict.