Indiana courts just went all-digital for hearing records, trading transcription for digital video recording. Why? It’s cheaper — and better, too, if well implemented. After all, court reporters aren’t perfect, and even a perfect transcript doesn’t tell the whole story.

Added Justice Michael McDonald, who was instrumental in pioneering the transition to digital recording in Kentucky over 30 years ago: “The court reporter’s transcript is the rankest of hearsay; you’re just trusting she hears it correctly.”

(Including that quote will probably expose me to a fresh round of court reporter anger.) Apparently, Kentucky has been doing this since the 80s, so although Indiana may still count as an early adopter, video is hardly cutting edge. [via WSJ Law Blog & Legal Blog Watch]

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