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Title: Evaluation of Transcription Technology: Wisconsin Circuit Courts
Author(s): J Frye; T Targos
Editor(s): J Thieme
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
Madison, WI 53703
Publication Number: 94-15
Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau
22 E. Mifflin Street
Suite 500
Madison, WI 53703
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Because technological advances in audio and video recording have called into question whether reliance on traditional court reporters represents the most efficient way to record court proceedings, circumstances under which various technologies could be used most effectively in Wisconsin were examined.
Abstract: In assessing technological choices, two parts of the court reporting process (making a record of court proceedings and transcribing the record into a written document) were considered. It was found that most court reporters use a shorthand machine to record phonetic symbols for all statements made. If a transcript is subsequently requested, these symbols are translated into English. On a cost basis, audio recording can be substantially less expensive than a traditional court reporter. A complete audio recording system costs about $3,400 to $6,000, plus about $2,000 yearly for maintenance and audio tapes. In contrast, a court reporter in Wisconsin costs an average of $46,600 per year. Video systems appear to offer no advantage over audio systems, and video systems are far more expensive. Benefits of audio recording and computer-aided transcription are discussed. An appendix contains a response to the evaluation of transcription technology by Wisconsin's Director of State Courts. 1 figure
Main Term(s): Court reporting
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Computer aided operations; Court records; Science and Technology; Videotapes; Wisconsin
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