At U.S. Legal Support, our goal is to provide expert, quality services for your court reporting needs. As a leading court reporting agency, we only provide our clients professional, dependable services. Whether you want to leverage a Stenographer, Voice Writer, or Digital Reporter, the choice is yours.
What is Digital Reporting?
The American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT) describes digital reporting as the “use of professional-level audio recording systems to register court proceedings.” A Digital Reporter is a qualified and carefully trained individual who uses state-of-the-art recording equipment to capture an accurate, verbatim record during legal proceedings.
With digital reporting from U.S. Legal Support, certified Digital Reporters record the audio from a legal proceeding to produce a verbatim transcript. While a Stenographer uses shorthand to transcribe the proceeding, Digital Reporters leverage professional-grade equipment to make a digital recording of the proceeding. Afterwards, a combination of powerful technology and human transcriptionists create an accurate transcript – either rough draft, certified final, or both. With digital reporting, there’s no worry about lost or poor-quality audio for the transcription. Digital Reporters run extensive tests before each proceeding to ensure connectivity, power source stability, sound quality, and redundancy.
Stenography will always be at the core of our foundation and the legal industry. To help ease the burden on the stenography community brought about by the nationwide shortage of stenographic court reporters, we are offering digital reporting services as a supplement to stenography services when a Stenographer is not available, and where the statutes of the state allow for the use of digital reporting.
What Does a Digital Reporter Do?
Digital Reporters are qualified and highly trained individuals who use professional, state-of-the-art recording equipment to capture testimony during legal proceedings. A Digital Reporter performs very similar functions to a Stenographer. They:
- Are licensed notaries who can administer the oath to the witness
- Use state-of-the-art digital recording software and equipment, cutting-edge technology, and industry best practices to capture proceedings, adhering to all federal, state, and local court rules and procedures
- Identify speakers, objections, record timestamps, designate examination, colloquy, and mark and manage introduced exhibits during the deposition
- Facilitate playback or readback testimony as needed
- Actively monitor the testimony preservation
After the deposition, the audio recording and introduced exhibits are securely transmitted to and stored by U.S. Legal Support under our industry-leading SOC 2 Type 2, HIPAA, and PII compliance measures.
U.S. Legal Support’s Digital Reporters are qualified, possess AAERT certification, and are available to help with in-person, remote, and hybrid court proceedings. Our Digital Reporters fulfill mandatory continuing education requirements annually and are also required to be re-certified by the AAERT every three years.
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In neighborhoods big and small, we pride ourselves on knowing each market intimately. From Manhattan to Monterey, Sarasota to San Francisco, Portland to Philadelphia, we’re always on and always there for you. With access to 12,000+ on-demand offices in the United States, we can provide dependable, professional court reporting services wherever it is needed.