California Official Court Reporters Association

SEIU Urges Lawmakers to Oppose ER In Family Law

Posted in Campaign for Officials, Court Budgets, Court Reporter News, Electronic Recording, Legislation

Michelle Castro, SEIU Director of Government Relations, has sent a letter to members of the Assembly Judiciary Committee respectfully requesting that they oppose the latest ER bill by Donald Wagner (R). AB 251 would see the expansion of electronic recording (ER) into family law courts.

In the letter, Ms. Castro lays out in stark detail some of the shortcomings found with ER. Quoting from the letter:

“There are many instances where the use of audio recordings have jeopardized the accuracy of the verbatim record. Further, these electronic recordings have real and serious problems with inaudibles and inaccuracies, a sound such as ruffling of papers or a cough could muffle several words.”

The letter also goes on to promote the advantages of having a court reporter which includes the ability of court reporters to provide live realtime translation of court proceedings.

You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking here.

Posted on March 28, 2013 by admin

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