Court Reporting Services
Technology

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Traditional

The official court reporters employ a mix of stenographic, real-time stenographic and voice writing technologies in reporting the record and producing transcripts for Circuit Criminal trials.

With the use of Eclipse software, stenographic reporters use Computer Assisted Technology (CAT) to report the spoken word onto a digital Elan Mira Stenograph machine, and then subsequently edit the notes into final text at a later date.

Real-time translation offers instantaneous translation of court proceedings to the Judge’s desktop or laptop computer, as well as to hearing-impaired individuals. The stenographer uses Communication Access Real-time Translation (CART) technology to translate the reporters symbols, as recorded on an Elan Mira digital stenograph machine, to text on a desktop or laptop computer. This enables the Judge, attorney, litigant, witness, or juror to view the written transcript on a computer monitor as the proceedings are recorded by the court reporter. The Judge further has the ability to make annotations to his/her draft for later review.

Voicewriters, formerly known as Stenomask reporters, repeat the spoken word into a voice-silencer mask. That dictation is captured via digital voice processing, utilizing voice-recognition software programs "SpeechCAT" or "SpeechGATE" from the AudioScribe Corporation. It is simultaneously translated into written text on a laptop, to be edited and proofed for final transcription upon request.


Digital Court Reporting - Orange County

All court proceedings recorded by the digital court reporters are recorded using FTR products and software. Criminal court proceedings are recorded and monitored in a central environment utilizing FTR software. This allows the reporter to see and hear the words as spoken in the courtroom, make annotations and subsequently recall the audio and its accompanying annotations for transcription. Transcription is accomplished at the individual reporter's workstation, utilizing FTR’s Player Plus software. Olympus MP3 recorders are used in two remote locations that are not connected to the Court's network.

All audio is recorded to a Network Access Server (NAS) and backed up on a digital logger. With the use of the NAS, the audio can be uploaded and reviewed on any computer connected to the Court's network. Audio can also be duplicated onto a CD in multiple formats. The audio can be played in the original four-channel recording and/or in standard audio format, which is compatible with almost all commercial CD and DVD players.

Digital court reporters utilize FTR Log Notes software to annotate court proceedings. The reporters create log notes for future aid in searching the record, preparing transcription, duplicating audio, and reviewing the court record. Bar scanners are used in each courtroom to record the case numbers from each court file. The scanner sends the case number to the reporter's log notes. With the use of the scanner, reporters can cover up to four courts at a time. However, a reporter covers a single court when monitoring a jury trial.

Court proceedings in the three Orange County Branch Courthouses, located in Ocoee, Apopka, and Winter Park, are recorded and sent to the Central Server Room, located in the Orange County Courthouse. The court audio is captured via telephone Tie Line system then recorded onto an FTR server. Additionally, audio produced at the Orange County Jail facility and at the Thomas S. Kirk Juvenile Justice Center is sent to the Central Server Room for recording onto an FTR server.

Child Support and Court Magistrate hearings are recorded on local FTR ReporterDecks, which are stand-alone CD recorders that record proceedings digitally using the FTR Reporter software.


Digital Court Reporting - Osceola County

Osceola Court Reporting Services utilizes FTR Reporter software to centrally cover all of its court proceedings. All of the audio is written to a Lennox server and monitored at a central monitoring station in the Court Reporter’s Office via FTR’s Monitor software. With the use of the Monitor software, a reporter at any of the monitoring stations can view and annotate any of the recorded proceedings. The reporters can provide audio playback for all the courtrooms from their remote location.

Osceola County operates and employs the same digital reporting practices as described above in the above "Digital Court Reporting - Orange County" section.


Summary

Court Reporters monitor and annotate the court proceedings for six physical facilities, covering two counties, from two remote locations. From a single workstation, a digital court reporter can monitor and annotate for four court proceedings originating from any courthouse in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Because the audio and video signals are on the Court's network, the reporter can instananeously visually monitor any courtroom in Orange and Osceola Counties and control the recording level of any microphone from their desktop computer.

The Ninth Judicial Circuit melds traditional and the latest in digital technology to offer comprehensive and cost-effective court reporting services. The centralization creates economies of scale that saves the Court money in hardware, technical support, and labor.