TRIAL DIGITAL AUDIO RECORDINGS ARE VALID SUBSTITUTES FOR WRITTEN TRANSCRIPTS

In a district court case in Philadelphia, plaintiffs sought permission to forego filing transcripts from the trial and, instead, use the court's digital audio recordings. The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania agreed that the court’s digital audio recordings of the trial would suffice in lieu of a written transcript.

The following questions have been addressed in this article:

Besides pointing to technological advances, how did the trial court support its decision?
How would a judge locate a specific reference in the court audio recorded, as opposed to a written transcript?
Did the court endorse audio recording for all purposes?
What was the trial judge’s view regarding regulating the substitution of written transcripts by audio records?

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