FAQs

WHAT IS A DIGITAL SIGNATURE?
Digital signature is an electronic method for signing and authenticating documents retrieved via the Internet with the ability at some later date to test the veracity of such documents to ensure they have not been tampered with or altered in any way and are in conformance with UETA or the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.

WHAT IS AN ELECTRONIC SIGNATURE?
Electronic signature is a digital marking used to identify a record or document; however, it does not provide the signer document authentication and is not, by itself, widely legally accepted.

WHAT METHOD DOES REAL-TIME REPORTERS USE?
Real-Time Reporters, Inc., uses only digital signatures to ensure the documents we upload to our website are in conformance with UETA using an SSL, Secure Sockets Layer, which is an advanced encryption technology that makes it impossible for unauthorized parties to read information that we communicate to you through this website.

IS THE DOWNLOADED TRANSCRIPT ADMISSIBLE IN COURT?
Yes! Just print and attach the digital certificate provided with each transcript download. UETA rules state "A record or signature will not be denied legal effect and enforceability solely because an electronic record was used in its formation. Any law that requires a writing will be satisfied by an electronic record. Any signature requirement in the law will be met if there is an electronic signature."

However, if you are more comfortable with a hand signed certificate page, we will be happy to print one for you and have it signed by the reporter who reported your proceedings.

IS IT NECESSARY TO BE A NOTARY TO SWEAR A WITNESS?
Not always. In accordance with the Oaths and Affirmations Act, 5 ILCS 255\1 (from Ch.101, Par.1) all courts and all judges and the clerk thereof, the county clerk, deputy county clerk, Notaries Public and persons certified under the Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporters Act of 1984 have the power to administer oaths and affirmations to witnesses and others concerning anything commenced or to be commenced or pending before them respectively.