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There are many important aspects to the democratic process, including the right of citizens to cast votes to elect government officials and the right to a fair trial, a process for which CourtScribes provides a crucial service.

But in the recent Democratic primary, some Buffalo voters may have run into a problem when they tried to exercise their right to vote.

ABC-TV station WKBW reported that “a couple” of Buffalo polling locations ran low on ballots for the New York Democratic Primary, according to Erie County Democratic Election Commissioner Jeremy Zellner.

Zellner told WKBW that one reason the ballot supply ran low was because there was a surprisingly large turnout for the primary.

People who did not get a ballot were directed to wait until they arrived. Zellner said the polling places failed to notify his office that they were running low on ballots.

Interest in the primary was driven by a contentious race between Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo and Cynthia Nixon, an actress and education activist who ran an aggressive campaign. Cuomo had a decisive win over Nixon.

The New York Times said Cuomo spent more than $21.4 million on the race, including $500,000 per day as of late August.

The Sixth Amendment guarantees the rights of criminal defendants, including the right to a public trial without unnecessary delay, the right to a lawyer, the right to an impartial jury, and the right to know who your accusers are and the nature of the charges and evidence against you.

The problem is that overbooked and understaffed courts sometimes can’t get cases taken care of in a timely manner. The National Court Reporters Associations says that there are more than 5,500 jobs for court reporters that are going unfilled because of retirements and not enough young people learning the skill.

CourtScribes can help ease some of the delay in courtroom proceedings by making sure a trial transcript is provided in a timely manner, despite the lack of enough court reporters across the United States.

CourtScribes uses the most sophisticated digital technology to provide the highest-quality transcripts of court proceedings.

The internet-age technology captures what is being said in court, then remote transcriptionists create the official record of court proceedings at a cost to attorneys that is up to 50 percent less than what they are used to paying for live court reporting.

Electronic recording equipment is overseen by an experienced reporter at all times. The reporter simultaneously takes notes that are time-linked to the corresponding recording, so people involved with the case can instantly find the point in the record where they want to re-listen.

Attorneys benefit not only from a less-expensive transcript but also from having a video and/or audio recording that provides them with a more accurate and verifiable record.

CourtScribes may also provide a live feed to an attorney’s office team, allowing them to monitor the proceedings and more effectively assist the attorneys in the courtroom in real time.

Video recording ensures a comprehensive record that allows attorneys to evaluate people’s behaviors, mannerisms, and speech patterns as well as review what was said.  Court Scribes uses computer-based digital systems with enhanced features that perform recording functions with convenience, flexibility, and economy.

In fact, when the CourtScribes technology went head-to-head against a court reporter trained as a stenographer and both transcripts were compared and verified against the actual recording of the proceeding, CourtScribes had significantly fewer errors on each page.

The human ear can only hear so much in a chaotic environment when many speakers in a courtroom talk over each other at the same time. When microphones are placed in front of each speaker, every word spoken can be isolated and heard with complete clarity.

Because the CourtScribes system assigns primary participants to separate, discrete sound channels, it’s easy to identify who’s who. A typical four-channel system individually records the judge, witness, plaintiff’s attorney and defendant’s attorney. When two or more parties talk at the same time, digital reporting captures each voice clearly on its own separate sound channel.

And the recording process captures all words exactly as they are spoken without worrying about a person being unable to understand accents or complex medical or technical terms. During the transcription process, the audio can be replayed as needed to verify any questions.

Also, during the trial, any portion of a recorded proceeding can be played back over audio speakers whenever the judge or counsel requires it.  Audio also can be replayed for jurors if they wish to review actual spoken testimony during deliberations.

Counsel can also obtain copies of the actual recording with digital annotations “hot-linked” to the audio so points of interest can be located quickly and efficiently. While the word per-minute-capacity of a stenographer is often impressive, sometimes it is not enough.

The Constitution guarantees American citizens certain rights, among them the right to vote and the right to a public trial without unnecessary delay. CourtScribes is working every day to ensure that court transcripts are provided in the most efficient, timely manner to help the local, state and federal justice system operate as smoothly as possible and ensure litigants their rights.