Legal transcription is one of those things the majority of people don’t even think about. As part of pretty much any legal proceedings transcription is used to ensure that every utterance is written down and attributed to the right person.
Getting this right can mean the difference between a jail sentence or an acquittal so using professional transcribers is vital.
Once the cases are closed and the transcripts are filed they’re forgotten about. Aren’t they?
Well no. Listening to Radio 4 this morning I heard a programme on the transcripts from the Old Bailey. All the cases from 1674 to 1913 have had their transcripts digitised. The cases are now all searchable and give some amazing insights not just into the legal proceedings of the Old Bailey but into history.
This morning’s programme had a discussion on the highwayman known as “Gentleman Jim”. Delving through this set of historical legal transcripts is a fascinating delve into the history of real people.
A big thank you to all those transcribers who worked so hard to keep history alive.
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