Computers: The Courtroom of the Future

Computer-aided transcription is revolutionizing stenography

Chicago Court Reporter Richard Dagdigian, like any good stenographer, can take down rapid-fire testimony faster than a judge can bang a gavel. But until recently he was the only one in the courtroom who could decipher his notes. This resulted in long pauses in the proceedings while he flipped through the pages of his stenographic paper to reread testimony. Days might pass before typed transcripts were available. Now, even as Dagdigian's fingers touch the keys of his stenotype machine in the U.S. Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the unedited transcript, largely in readable English, appears on the screens of...

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