Video | Business Headlines | Internet | Science | Scientific Ethics | Technology | Search


Environment Court trials remote recording solution

8 December 2003


Environment Court trials world’s first remote recording solution

Telecom New Zealand and Auscript combine for successful pilot

The Environment Court has successfully concluded a pilot of what is believed to be the world’s first automated wireless court reporting and transcription service.

Telecom New Zealand and Australian transcription company Auscript are working together for the solution that is providing the Environment Court with same-day transcripts of proceedings – a process that enables it to work more efficiently and economically.

Digital audio recording software, provided by Auscript, records court proceedings and automatically generates files every 10 minutes which are then sent via Telecom’s 027 network to Melbourne. There, the recordings are transcribed and emailed back to the court as a Word document.

The Court has now committed to using the solution for 400 hearing days a year – about two thirds of its work. The service provides same-day court transcripts even when proceedings are being held in remote locations such as rural marae.

Environment Court’s Change Manager Hilary Sharland says the solution has revolutionised the way the Court operates.

“We’re far more efficient because previously tape recordings had to be despatched by courier, transcribed and then returned – a process that could take up to a couple of weeks.”

She says Auscript was able to return the transcripts within hours, even when the proceedings were conducted bilingually.

“New Zealanders fluent in Maori are not a rarity in Australia. Their transcription staff can handle recordings in both English and Maori.”

The Environment Court had considered a number of solutions but Auscript had recommended using GTRAN wireless data cards and Telecom’s 027 network because of the network’s reach, speed and security.

The new solution has already been used in Gisborne, Ohakune and Taumarunui and Alexandra.

Ms Sharland says the solution was also proving popular with judges, who
no longer had to rely on their own note-taking during hearings because they knew full transcripts would be available within hours.

“Judicial officers say it’s the biggest advance they’ve seen in 20 years. It’s had a huge impact.”

“We have a travelling jurisdiction – therefore we sit where the issues are, and this technology enables us to do that much more efficiently and economically. We couldn’t ask for more,” she says.

Auscript National Manager, Technology, David Kendall, says the company had more than 80 years experience and was the only fully national court services provider in Australia. It has also provided services in Samoa and Cambodia for significant murder trials and was contracted to complete the treason trials in Fiji. It plans to open a Wellington office in the New Year.

“The beauty of using the solution in New Zealand is the scope and reach of Telecom’s 027 network,” he says.


© Scoop Media

Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines


Voluntary Administration: Renaissance Brewing Up For Sale

Renaissance Brewing, the first local company to raise capital through equity crowdfunding, is up for sale after cash flow woes and product management issues led to the appointment of voluntary administrators. More>>


Approval: Northern Corridor Decision Released

The approval gives the green light to construction of the last link of Auckland’s Western Ring Route, providing an alternative route from South Auckland to the North Shore. More>>


Media Mega Merger: Full Steam Ahead For Appeal

New Zealand's two largest news publishers have confirmed they are committed to pursuing their appeal against the Commerce Commission's rejection of the proposal to merge their operations. More>>

Crown Accounts: $4.1 Billion Surplus

The New Zealand Government has achieved its third fiscal surplus in a row with the Crown accounts for the year ended 30 June 2017 showing an OBEGAL surplus of $4.1 billion, $2.2 billion stronger than last year, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>


Mycoplasma Bovis: One New Property Tests Positive

The newly identified property... was already under a Restricted Place notice under the Biosecurity Act. More>>

Accounting Scandal: Suspension Of Fuji Xerox From All-Of-Government Contract

General Manager of New Zealand Government Procurement John Ivil says, “FXNZ has been formally suspended from the Print Technology and Associated Services (PTAS) contract and terminated from the Office Supplies contract.” More>>