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March 13, 2024 Legal Rebels

Could automated transcription tools replace human court reporters?

By Victor Li

For the longest time, one of the staples of any courtroom has been the stenographer. Typing on a small machine that produced a seemingly random series of letters onto a small strip of paper about the same size as what cash registers use to produce receipts, being a court reporter required extensive training and superhuman attention span. One missed sentence or one inaccurate transcription and the entire trial record could be compromised.

Transcription technology has existed for a while now, but its accuracy has never been that high, meaning that human court reporters have remained the gold standard.

However, recent advances in technology, as well as a shortage of court reporters nationwide and the increased use of virtual depositions and hearings, has led to an opening for automated transcription tools.

Now, artificial intelligence could make automated transcription even more accurate. As the tech becomes better and better, is it possible that it could eventually replace human court reporters?

In this episode of the Legal Rebels Podcast, Karl Seelbach talks with the ABA Journal’s Victor Li about the state of automated court reporting, how it compares to human stenographers and how generative AI has changed the industry. Seelbach, a litigator, is the co-founder of Skribe, an AI-based court reporting and transcription service.

Karl Seelbach


Karl Seelbach, a litigator, is the co-founder of Skribe, an artificial intelligence-based court reporting and transcription service. He has over 17 years of experience in the courtroom, representing clients in personal injury, business and employment litigation. Before launching his own law firm in 2015, Seelbach worked as a litigation partner at one of Texas’ largest law firms, Winstead. He received his law degree from the South Texas College of Law in Houston and his undergraduate degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters in Dripping Springs, Texas.