Imagine that you need an urgent document before a meeting. Instead of typing out a text message to someone in your office, we would all rather pick our phones and give a quick ring, because of the sheer convenience, saving of time and the ease involved in using our voices instead of the written word, which is almost five times slower than the speed at which we speak.
When we speak about the law as a profession, it is very people oriented. Its practice revolves around judges, lawyers, the parties involved, associates at the junior and senior level, court clerks and support staff, all of whom need to either take or give legal dictation for their documentation work. Technology has already been changing the way law is now being practiced and a voice to text-based dictation tool is one of the best examples of that.
Steno – A digitally smart legal assistant
A voice to text recognition can also have several practical advantages in the legal industry and Steno does just that. It’s a tool centered on transforming the role of a traditional stenographer into a virtual and smart digital assistant designed especially for the legal industry.
Designed with Indian legalese in mind
While Google has it’s a freely available voice converting interface, it lacks the ability to be adopted in the legal profession that has complex jargon which is intensified further in the Indian set-up. While using Steno, there are handy abbreviations for Indian statutes, for example, simply saying LLP Act would ensure that what is typed is the accurate statute name, that is The Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008. There are also special characters and punctuation marks that can be easily inserted while dictating the text.
Being better organized and orderly
While working on your laptop, having a simultaneous tool that’s processing your dictation into a document, it is so much easier to paste case content being referred to from a legal search engine, or quoting and cross-referencing articles, thereby saving us from the hassles of duplicity of documents and having to review the draft multiple times.
Utilizing legal research better
Law offices are stressful places. There are always time crunches and strict deadlines to meet. But as humans, our abilities to work are not unlimited and we inevitably require breaks and holidays. When we have a legal tool at our disposal, it leads to greater efficiency in the workplace as one can maximize time and energy better. We can have multiple tabs open on the same laptop, without any need for multiple devices or people. While browsing different websites and looking up cases in books for legal research, review, and analysis, one can continuously be dictating on Steno. Therefore, there is no need to ask a stenographer to maintain different files or wait for your instructions while you look up a new source of research, making work easier, better and faster.
Ideal for use by law students
In the constant learning of law, what does not change is the constant pressure of deadlines – project submissions in law schools and case submissions in the legal practice. When you’re running out of time, one of the best time-saving tools can be using Steno, which would instantaneously convert voice to the textual form, with almost zero errors. So instead of typing out text from a book borrowed from a library, it is a lot simpler and efficient to read out the text and citation and arrange the same in the thesis or project work format.