Voice Writers and Realtime -- Current Technology Makes it Possible

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Voice-writing court reporters produce verbatim transcripts of court proceedings on a daily basis. Speech recognition technology, combined with the high accuracy rate of voice writers, make it possible for voice writers to provide realtime feed in the courtroom or deposition suite, work as Captioners and CART providers. Visit the Voice for Voice Writing at http://www.nvra.org.

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The VOICE of Court Reporting

“Court Reporters have a front-row seat to history,” is an article written by Diana Greenburg and published in The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville.com on August 11, 2012. The first line states, “The job of transcribing court proceedings looks very different today than when Charles Dickens was a cub court reporter.” I agree totally with that statement, but I would like to correct some inaccuracies in the remainder of the article.

The article describes stenographic reporting, which is the method of reporting where a “steno machine with an abbreviated keyboard” is used. The president of the Florida Court Reporter’s Association is quoted as saying, “Wherever you need a verbatim transcript, we’re the only method,” and that simply is inaccurate.

Court reporters known as voice-writing verbatim reporters produce verbatim transcripts nationwide on a daily basis. They not only repeat every word stated by the attorneys, witnesses, judge, and parties to a proceeding, but also verbally identify each speaker, describe activities as they take place, and, in some cases, mark exhibits. Voice writers have long been able to make the record through the use of a speech silencer and analog tapes or digital recorders to be transcribed after the proceeding. Cutting-edge technology, in the form of speech recognition CAT systems, affords the voice writer the opportunity to have their spoken words instantly turned into text on a laptop computer or computer work station. As a result, the voice writer is now able to produce realtime text feeds and/or produce a rough draft of the transcript of the proceedings at the end of the day.

NVRA, National Verbatim Reporters Association, is the United States authority for voice writing. We support our members with official testing and certification, marketing, news and information, legislative advocacy and professional development services.

Our membership includes State and Federal official court reporters, freelance court reporters, CART providers, and Captioners. We are open for membership to voice writers, as well as stenographic reporters, and we have many members who are trained and certified in both voice-writing reporting and stenographic reporting.

NVRA has a fully validated certification program and offers the following certifications: CVR, Certified Verbatim Reporter; CM, Certificate of Merit; RVR, Realtime Verbatim Reporter; RCP, Registered CART Provider; and RBC, Registered Broadcast Captioner.

For more information on professional voice-writing court reporters, please visit us at http://www.nvra.org.

Rebecca A. Bazzle, CVR-M
NVRA President

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