Court Hearings & Arbitrations

Epiq provides a comprehensive range of integrated courtroom services from the provision of court reporting to the electronic presentation of evidence.

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Epiq has provided services to major hearings and inquiries around the world, such as: 

  • Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse
  • Inquiry into Grenfell Tower Fire
  • Hillsborough Inquests
  • Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia
  • Royal Commission into the Victorian Bushfires in Australia
  • Royal Commission into the Sinking of the Sydney II in Australia
  • Commission of Inquiry on Allegations Relating to the Institute of Education in Hong Kong
  • Commission of Inquiry into the Crash of the Boeing MD11 at Hong Kong International Airport
  • Commission of Inquiry into the Collapse of the Nicoll Highway in Singapore 

Real-time court reporting means Epiq can supply a complete electronic transcript before anyone has even left the courtroom. Testimony processing and scheduling of subsequent hearings can begin immediately.

Real-time provides users with a live, verbatim record of legal proceedings as they happen. Text is sent direct to laptops in the hearing room so that users can annotate transcripts according to issues specific to their case. Users are also able to create customised search and annotation reports across multiple hearing days, allowing all results to be consolidated into one document. 

For complex proceedings involving multiple parties or large amounts of evidence, real-time is of particular benefit, especially where information needs to be shared with team members based in multiple locations.  The advantages include:

  • Reduced preparation and the time of court proceedings by up to 25 per cent
  • Search, view and annotate transcripts, witness statements and related documents
  • Link documents to related transcripts and documents
  • Create reports of annotations and search results across transcripts and documents
  • Work collaboratively using private/public annotations and messaging
  • Easy access to materials assists in the preparation of briefs, judgments and awards

Real-time court reporting services are used in the world’s most high profile cases and are available as a desktop or web-enabled version for access on laptops or iPads in the hearing room or remotely. Full training, technical support and equipment are provided throughout the lifecycle of a case.

For shorter hearings, where you may not require real-time reporting but still need a transcript quickly, Epiq can produce a verbatim record of proceedings at the end of the day, usually within two to three hours.

Electronic Presentation of Evidence (EPE) refers to the in-court display of documentation, files, pictures, audio and graphics during trial, displayed onto multiple screens for all parties to view. The use of EPE aids counsel in delivering an effective and compelling presentation, and it is estimated that its use results in a saving of approximately one third of court time.

Our trial technologies team controls the display of evidence using specialist trial presentation software, which can annotate and enhance on-screen images in accordance with the parties’ instructions. Epiq electronic hearing operators work efficiently and confidently in the often pressured environment of the hearing room.  

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