By: Mary Mitchell – RDR, CRR, CCP, AE, CLR
Is it worth it to hire the services of a certified court reporter to have an audio file transcribed, be it a 10-minute mobile device recording or a multiple-hour meeting or hearing?
The short answer is yes. And here are the reasons why:
LISTENING SKILLS – Through experience, a court reporter has developed a keen skill of listening and can decipher difficult-to-hear homonyms, synonyms, and common and not-so-common slang terms and colloquialisms.
SPELLING EXPERTISE – A court reporter has the knowledge, experience and resources to distinguish proper contextual spellings.
RESEARCH KNOW-HOW – A court reporter knows when it’s appropriate to go deep into researching spellings from context, rather than guess, which makes the finished transcription more useful to the end user.
FAST TURNAROUND – A court reporter’s skill of timely capturing the spoken word from an audio file and creating a finished transcribed product for your use is incomparable.
ETHICS and CERTIFICATION – Though a court reporter was not present at the time of the spoken word when the audio file was created and, therefore, didn’t have the ability to contemporaneously clarify spellings, muffled speech and/or overlapping speaking, because of the ethical code of conduct that each certified court reporter is bound by, you can be assured that the court reporter will persist in listening and re-listening to the audio file to make sure the finished product is as accurate and complete as possible, and will certify that the transcript constitutes an accurate verbatim stenographic record captured from an audio recording, and that the court reporter has no financial interest nor any contract with any parties, attorneys, or persons with an interest in any action related to the transcription that would affect or have a substantial tendency to affect the court reporter’s independence or neutrality.
HELPFUL HINT FOR GREATER ACCURACY OF AUDIO TRANSCRIPTION – It might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s helpful to keep in mind that the better the quality of the recording of all voices, the more accurate and complete the finished transcribed product will be.