Speech Recognition Technology for Lawyers
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Speech Recognition Technology for Lawyers

  1. 1. Speech Recognition Technology for Lawyers Attorneys and other personnel in law offices are discovering the efficiencies of speech recognition software. Accurate documentation is an essential function in a legal firm. Law firms, attorneys, and corporate legal departments have to document detailed briefs, contracts and legal documents in short turnaround time. The conventional mode, where the lawyers dictate into tape-based transcription systems and staff listen to these audio recordings and manually type what they hear into a word processing program on their computers is proving time consuming and inefficient. Now, speech recognition software has revolutionized digital dictation and has become the most accepted means of legal document creation. Voice recognition programs analyze an incoming stream of sound and decipher the sounds as commands and dictation. With this innovative technology, legal professionals can either dictate and create documents themselves at the ‘front-end’, or create the documents and have a legal transcription company make corrections to the transcribed document at the ‘back-end’. By combining speech recognition technology and legal process outsourcing, lawyers can: • • Speed up documentation turnaround • Reduce transcription costs Get quality transcripts of all confidential legal records • Streamline workflow The latest Vrecognition technologies in the market include Dragon Naturally Speaking from Nuance Communications and Apple’s new OS X Maverick. Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Legal Designed, for the legal community, Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 Legal is speech recognition software that helps legal professionals achieve exceptional efficiency and improved productivity. With this tool from Nuance, lawyers can directly dictate their documents, emails and templates for immediate transcription. High level accuracy is the major advantage of this dictation tool. It gets your words on the screen the way you intended. Dragon 12 automatically learns your preferences when you make a change to how words, phrases or numbers are formatted. Dragon Dictate is the perfect choice to dictate long briefs and legal details. Other advantages:
  2. 2. • • • • • Automatically formats legal citations Facilitates email management, navigation of web pages Provides security features and administrative tools for managing large user networks Supports multiple audio input devices – including Bluetooth Audio playback for easier proofreading and correction With this tool, you can use iOS or Android device as a wireless microphone. This software works with other text-based applications on your computer just like Microsoft Office Suite, Lexis Nexis and other legal based software. OS X Maverick’s Built-in-tool This new version dictation tool from Apple does not require an active Internet connection. This tool works anywhere on the Mac so that you can enter text, and no training or customization necessary. OS X Mavericks offers the option of downloading a file that supports offline dictation. To set it up, go to the Dictation & Speech pane in System Preferences and tick the Use Enhanced Dictation box. This begins file download. There are certain drawbacks as well. Dictation errors are more frequent with the Mavericks tool. The words appear on the screen in a disjointed way. For instance, the word “detail” is transcribed as “D tell.” While choosing voice recognition systems for transcription make sure you are aware of these disadvantages as well. Reliable legal transcription companies provide services from expert legal transcriptionists who can edit the digitally recorded files into accurate transcripts.

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