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Monday, July 30, 2012

Ind. Courts - More on: "Local courtroom one of three in state testing video transcripts"

Plainfield Attorney Cara Wieneke sends a note re this morning's entry:

I read your article on the video transcripts this morning with interest and wondered about something. How will court reporters be paid for their services? Right now they are paid (exorbitant) rates for each page of transcript. But if they are doing nothing more than pushing the "record" button and gathering exhibits, shouldn't transcript fees go way down? Something that will really benefit my private clients who struggle finding the money to get needed transcripts.

As for the reader's comment that they like paper transcripts better, one added benefit to a video transcript will be that the transcript will be accurate. I have had transcripts in two different cases that either had left out sidebar conferences from the recording or that had been incorrectly transcribed from the actual recording. This required me going and listening to the transcript in order to compare it to the paper transcript. Definitely a time-consuming endeavor.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on July 30, 2012 12:30 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts