Legal Transcription Definition
What is a legal transcription?
Most definitions of legal transcription services define a legal transcript as a typed record of spoken words.
In a court room setting the transcription task is usually performed by a stenographer on a stenotype typewriter. A stenotype is a typewriter that types words in short form as opposed to the letter for letter typing of a normal typewriter.
Legal transcription can also refer in a more general sense to any transcripts used in the legal field. Such as, transcripts from interviews with witnesses or clients, or simply dictation by lawyers of a legal nature.
It is usually understood that legal transcription is a technical skill – requiring not only the standard skills of a transcriptionist but also considerable knowledge of the legal industry.
If the transcripts are not required during a courtroom proceeding many legal secretaries carry out the task of legal transcription.