Regardless of whether we look at law students or legal practitioners, if there is one thing in common across everyone in the legal field, it has to be the pressure of meeting deadlines and lots of paperwork. Amidst this chaos, there is research to do, cases to look-up, updates from clients and court procedures, all of which require dictation and typing. In this post, we cast light at the time-hacks that Steno offers and why it has the potential to be your best legal buddy.
- It is absolutely adapted to Indian legalese: Unlike Google translate and a host of foreign applications which are meant for general use, Steno possesses the unique qualification of being tailor-made to suit the Indian law. So, while voice-typing can be cumbersome in the multipurpose application, merely saying the LLP Act would type out the words Limited Liability Partnership Act, 2008 in your text content. Thus, the integration with Indian laws, abbreviations and procedures makes legal dictation very convenient.
- It is faster than any other mode of dictation– Lawyers typically engage a stenographer to take notes in shorthand and later type it out, which is then proofread and changes made after review. This complicated procedure can easily be made more efficient through voice-typing, as you can dictate, read, review and make changes, all together, reducing the total time involved significantly.
- Enhanced efficiency and greater focus – 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 the voice to text tools. 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.
- Reduced chances of error– Steno, being an integrated tool for voice recognition has a built-in Grammar and Citation check feature and would, therefore, help find out errors and inadequacies that a human stenographer may not be able to spot. Instead of having a stenographer to read out loud what we’ve already dictated, we can read the text right on our screens and start easily from where we left.
- Faster and synthesized research – 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.
It is significantly cheaper– A stenographer especially trained in shorthand and typing would demand a commensurate salary, adding a portion to the monthly costs. This cost can easily be minimised by investing in an intelligent tool like MySteno, which is adapted to both web browser and mobile applications, making voice-to-text typing on the go a possibility.