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Friday, January 04, 2013

Ind. Courts - More reactions from attorneys on the Court's 3-phase pilot project

Here is a response from another Central Indiana practitioner:

I hate the idea of a video transcript. First, I can read the transcript much more quickly then I can watch an entire trial. Secondly, when I review the transcript citations relied upon by opposing counsel, if I use a hard copy/digital copy, I can flip right to a page. I would guess appeals using a video record will have to cite to a timer position and that will take longer to locate. Third, if I want to cite to more then one or two lines of testimony, I will have to sit there and take dictation. With a digital version, all I have to do is copy and paste.

As acknowledged by another commenter, use of a video transcript means more time. I do not know that I will be able to afford to do appeals for the public defender at the very low rate I am currently being paid if I also have to play transcriptionist for video records - my head spins when thinking about working to organize a video record for a week long trial. Also, as a sole practitioner with low overhead, I am currently able to provide appellate services at a much lower cost then the big firms and there is certainly a need for my type of service. I will now have to raise the cost of doing an appeal and I do not know how many individuals will be able to afford that cost. I certainly am going to have to stop doing appellate pro bono work because of the additional time. Quite honestly, I cannot help but think that whoever came-up with this idea is not an appellate practitioner.

Now having said that, I also do trial work and as a trial attorney, it would be great to have a recording of that day's testimony to prepare for the following day, closing arguments, directed verdicts, etc.

As regards electronic filing, I say it is high time that our filing system move into the 21st century both at the trial court and appellate levels. And, just as importantly, that the cost of accessing electronically filed documents be reasonable. The cost to view online dockets, etc. in Marion County is ridiculous.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on January 4, 2013 02:30 PM
Posted to Indiana Courts