Google Glass and Court Reporting


Last month I had the opportunity to meet Sergey Brin at Google HQ.   My court reporting equipment was set up, including my pink Diamonte steno machine.  Sergey walked in the room and made a beeline to my machine wearing his Google Glass.  His comment to me was, “I have always wanted to know how you guys do it.”  He took a photo of my machine with his Google Glass and said, “There must be a more efficient way to do this.”  I explained to him how we write sounds, words, and phrases in strokes and define our steno with English words so court reporters can write and produce an instantaneous transcript of what is being said (including speaker identification and punctuation).

I thanked Sergey for their Panda updates which is a filter meant to stop sites with poor quality content from working their way to the top of a Google search.

Sergey took another picture with his Google Glass of my blog url and then put his Glass on me.  He touched the glass rim and voila, I could see my pink steno machine floating up on the right corner of the Glass; then he hit tapped it again, and I saw the screen shot of my blog’s url.  He sent the two pictures to his phone/computer (who knows where).

I have been thinking since my meeting with Sergey, how could Google Glass help a court reporter be more efficient?  Here are my ideas so far:

  1. Documents – when an attorney is reading from a document that is not marked as an exhibit, and there are proper names and punctuation the court reporter needs in order to create a transcript, the court reporter can take a picture of the document with her/his Google Glass and save it to a computer for future use.
  2. A Multi-Party Deposition – when a court reporter is at a deposition or arbitration, she/he can take a photo of all of the participants in the room, send it to a computer/iPad and create a seating chart to help with speaker identification.
  3. Searching online – Many court reporters are online during depositions and Google proper names, phrases, et cetera, whenever there is a break in the proceedings.  I wonder if Google Glass can be programmed to take a screenshot of the court reporter’s realtime transcript on her/his computer, and begin a search for the proper spelling so the court reporter doesn’t have to take her/his hands off the steno machine and to switch to the Google screen on her/his computer.  That would save time, energy and stress not having to go back and forth.
  4. Time – Google Glass keeps time.  I wonder if, with the Federal Rules and California’s law regarding the “seven-hour deposition” time limit, and attorneys relying on the court reporter and/or videographer to keep the official time of the deposition, if Google Glass can be programmed to keep the exact running time of a deposition with the court reporter or videographer simply tapping on the Glass to start and stop the time to take into account breaks or being off the record.

I would like to emphasize one important point.   People respect what a court reporter can do.  Sergey Brin, one of the most brilliant minds of our time, was fascinated and very interested in how we are able to write what people are saying with tremendous speed and unbelievable accuracy.  Being a great court reporter is something to be very proud of and not to be taken lightly.  Think about it, one of the founders of Google is in awe of what a court reporter can do.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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