Real time reporting is still a relatively new technology; but it is quickly taking over the court reporting industry. One exciting attribute of real time software is that it requires little change for Wheeling court reporters. They continue using their stenographs, with the difference that their shorthand is simultaneously translated into a rough draft of English. This draft is displayed on the reporters’ computers and can also be made available for others who are involved in the proceedings.
Since computer technology has offered this exciting improvement, West Virginia court reporters have transitioned into real time. Now it is becoming increasingly standard for lawyers and other present to expect to view the continuous draft on their own computers. Court reporters find that the technology helps them because of the instant feedback they receive from it along with the translated document.
Reporters who view a translation of their shorthand while they are typing often find that they learn to make fewer errors. This method of feedback provides instant quality control that could not be had before real time was introduced.
Also, reporters can save significant time because they leave the deposition or other meeting with a complete translated copy of the proceedings. This means that they do not have to do tedious translating from shorthand to English. They can make final, polished copies of the document available much faster than they ever could before.