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Digital Audio Recording Technology: A Report on a Pilot Project in Twelve Federal Courts-Prepared for the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the Judicial Conference

David E. Rauma, Donna J. Stienstra, George W. Cort, Patricia A. Lombard
May 14, 1999
In Print: Available for Distribution

Should digital audio recording technology be an approved method for taking the offical record of federal courts proceedings? This report, prepared at the request of the Court Administration and Case Management Committee of the Judicial Conference, summarizes findings from a study of digital audio recording technology as it was used to take the record of court proceedings in six district and six bankruptcy courts. The study was designed to do four things: (1) provide an assessment of the technology by those who use it in court; (2) provide an assessment of the technology by transcriptionists; (3) compare costs, functionality, and benefits of digital and analog recording systems; and (4) collect information to assist the Administrative Office in preparing technical specifications to guide future purchases of equipment.