3.4 Court reporter

The National Transcription Service (NTS) was established in 2007 to provide transcription and audio storage services to Courts and Tribunals of New Zealand. NTS is now able to electronically connect transcription resource to any Court site across New Zealand.

The evidence in court is generally transcribed out of court by transcribers who receive a live digital recording of the court proceeding. They may also check, edit and print copies of the official transcript and type up written material such as court decisions and other court documents for judges.

On occasions, a Judge’s Associate, who performs a secretarial role for the Judge, may come into court to take down the evidence. Judgments can be given either orally or reserved and given later in writing. In the High Court, judgments are usually typed by the Judge’s Associate.

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