Google Glass, with its amazing capabilities to take pictures, videos and post them on social media, receive text messages, search the web and much more in absolutely hands-free format (using voice commands), is being tested by the New York Police Department for active use in law enforcement. This innovative device is also helping legal professionals. A recent press release published by a law firm tells of how sharing Google Glass with their personal injury clients allowed them to collect more evidence and win the case. Google Glass is also helping court reporters reduce their workload. Let’s look into how Google Glass is serving the legal industry.
Uses for Lawyers
- Google Glass helps in witness interviews. With Google Glass, lawyers can record the video of the entire interview or part of it using voice commands. For the purposes of trial or discovery they can get the video transcribed any time. If a Legal Transcription Company is involved the audio and the video can be sent over for a more accurate transcription.
- Lawyers can communicate with their colleagues quickly without affecting the work of both parties. For example, a lawyer can send a text message about a witness using Google Glass, which can be received on the Glass of another member of the team who is questioning the witness. Lawyers do not have to keep checking their text messages or e-mails on their smartphones for information, but can see what they want right in front of their eyes.
- Google Glass helps lawyers make presentations to clients, to judges, to community groups or to juries without the use of notepads. All that they need is readily available on Glass.
Uses for Court Reporters
- If an attorney is reading from a document which is not marked as an exhibit, but include proper names and punctuations that the court reporter needs for preparing transcripts, the reporter can take a picture of it using the Google Glass and save it in the computer for future use.
- In case of a multi-party deposition or arbitration, court reporters can take the picture of all participants and create a seating chart for speaker identification.
- Court reporters can search online for crucial information (such as spellings and phrases) using Google Glass without taking their hands off from steno machines during the court proceeding. They don’t have to switch to the Google screen on their computer.
The law firm that is successfully using Google Glass to understand the experiences of its clients firsthand is experimenting on whether this innovative technology can be used for mock trials. According to one of the lawyers in the firm, an expert witness can use the innovative device to recreate a scene.
The voice-to-text documents that lawyers create using Google Glass would have to be transcribed and edited for electronic filing and archiving.