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Critics of electronic reporting maintain that machines are no match for court reporters

October 3, 2012

Court reporters argue that electronic equipment being used in courts in Cleveland, Ohio, and nationwide are not as reliable as human transcription. Cleveland.com interviewed court reporter Greg Koterba. "If someone walks into the back of the courtroom and drops an umbrella, I know to focus on the proceedings," Koterba said. "Electronic equipment doesn't distinguish what it is taking down." In an effort to cut back on spending, courts in all 50 states have replaced reporters with digital recorders in at least some of their courts. Yet some explain that the transition to electronic equipment has not been faultless.  

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