Re "State courts must enter the electronic age" (Editorials, Feb. 1): It's unfortunate that The Bee's editorial board has a short-sighted view of what court reporters do. With our skill and state-of-the-art equipment and software, we are capable of putting the spoken work in written form immediately, enabling judges and attorneys to accurately and efficiently dispense justice. Being present at proceedings, we identify speakers accurately and interject when necessary to be sure every word is clearly understood.
Having transcribed audio recordings, it is very difficult, if not impossible, to identify speakers and transcribe multiple voices at once. In addition, it is very expensive and one usually ends up with a transcript full of "inaudibles." Justice is best served with court reporters.
-- Karen Cosgrove, Sacramento