Pop star Britney Spears’ latest bid to end her court-ordered conservatorship has made headlines for weeks, but the subsequent sharing of the court transcript [https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/24/entertainment/britney-spears-testimony-full-transcript/index.html] shows how transcription can be an integral tool in making sure your voice is heard.
Britney’s conservatorship hearing was virtual, in light of US COVID restrictions, and she appeared by phone, reading from notes she had prepared. Using her own words, Britney put forward her argument for why she should be allowed to care for herself, without the need for a conservatory.
She details the medication she had been prescribed, multiple psychological examinations, being forced to work seven days a week for ten hours each day, and how she is unable to marry her boyfriend or have another child because she is being controlled so carefully by her conservators. In summing up her case, Britney says “… this conservatorship is doing me way more harm than good. I deserve to have a life”.
Without a court transcriptionist, Britney’s words would only have been heard by those who were involved in that virtual court hearing. Transcription is a key part of Britney’s defense, as her words can be used by her lawyer in future hearings. Plus, making her transcript available allows Britney’s supporters to hear from her.
Audio recordings and transcripts from a 2019 Federal Circuit Court parenting and property settlement case [https://www.smh.com.au/national/judge-rebuked-for-cruel-insulting-humiliating-conduct-in-family-law-trial-20200902-p55rnl.html] were used by the Full Court of the Family Court to determine the result of an appeal. The Sydney Morning Herald reported that three justices ordered a retrial due to what they considered to be an “abuse of power”. They came to this conclusion after listening to and reading the trial judge’s “cruel, insulting, humiliating and rude interactions” towards one party’s Queen’s Counsel and solicitor.
As in Britney Spears’ case and the family law trial above, court transcripts are used to give an accurate reflection of what happens in court to ensure all parties’ views are heard. Transcripts can include witness statements, recordings played as evidence, the line of questioning from solicitors and lawyers, and experts brought in to clarify any points. The transcript is essentially the story of what happened in court; it cannot be disputed because it is a written record of events, prepared and provided by a court-appointed transcriptionist.
The Transcription People is not a court-appointed transcription service, however, we do know how important transcripts are when a true depiction of events is required.
Contact The Transcription People at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can provide those accurate reflections for you.
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