Court Reporters v. Digital Audio Recording

I read this article by a federal judge that uses digital audio recordings instead of court reporters.  Could this be the way of the future?

One thought on “Court Reporters v. Digital Audio Recording

  1. Yes, absolutely. Rule 30(b)(4) already allows “the testimony be recorded by other than stenographic means.”

    We could easily do this now with a simple change to rule 28. As it stands, the witness must be sworn by “by an officer authorized to administer oaths by the laws of the United States or of the place where the examination is held” but this cannot be “a relative or employee or attorney or counsel of any of the parties or is a relative or employee of such attorney or counsel, or is financially interested in the action.” The problem I experience is finding a non-disqualified person to give the oath.

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