Pakistan’s judiciary pursue Google’s voice to type technology

Technology has been actively transformed and the rate of technological advancement is increasing with time. In a first for Pakistan’s judiciary, Civil Judge Asim Hafeez Chaudhry from Sialkot’s Tehsil Sambryal is using Google’s voice-to-type technology to record court proceedings efficiently.

Pakistan’s judiciary pursue Google’s voice to type technology

Asim Hafeez Chaudhry recently adopted the technology and claiming his results displayed 90% per cent accuracy at speeds ranging between 90 to 100 words a minute and dictate commands in both English and Urdu, he now wants the rest of the country’s judicial system to pursue suit.

“Keeping in view the bulk of the workload upon the courts … I am of the view that in case modern technology is used for recording of evidence, dictation of orders and preparation of various documents in the judicial proceedings, the speed of court work may be enhanced to an optimum level with maximum accuracy and clarity in the documents,” Chaudhry wrote a letter to the Lahore High Court.

“Therefore, I submit my idea of using the Google voice typing tool in judicial proceedings for control of workload upon the courts and very humbly submit that same may kindly be recommended for use in judicial proceedings for dictation,” he concluded in a letter.

At this time, court statements are either recorded by judges themselves or by stenographers. According to an estimate, there are some 1.9 million cases pending in Pakistani courts – over 40,000 in the Supreme Court and more than 1.14 million in the district judiciary.

LHC Justice Attar Mahmood invited Civil Judge Asim Hafeez to give a presentation on his use of Google’s voice-to-type tool, and have acknowledged the idea that speed up judicial work efficiently.