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Hidden Risks of Digital Court Reporters

 Digital Court Reporters and the risks

Beware of the trap!! Many corporate agencies are misleading paralegals. Digital 'reporting' or 'deposition officers' cannot replace licensed shorthand reporters.

A digital recorder is not licensed in the state of California and is not under the jurisdiction of the California Court Reporters Board (CRB). If you encounter any issues with the transcript, you will not have the option to file a complaint with the California CRB, leaving you without recourse for resolution.

Additionally, a digital recorder CANNOT perform a readback of your testimony, which can be a critical component during legal proceedings.

The training for a digital recorder is alarmingly brief—approximately two weeks. That's right, just 2 WEEKS?! This minimal training does not compare to the extensive education and rigorous certification process required for a California Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR).

Moreover, a digital recorder is not bound by the same stringent requirements of the code of ethics and confidentiality that govern a California CSR. This significant discrepancy poses a serious confidentiality risk, as the integrity and privacy of your legal proceedings could be compromised.

For a digitally recorded deposition to be admissible in court, it must be accompanied by a stenographic transcript prepared by a California CSR. According to Code of Civil Procedure section 2025.340(m), this requirement underscores the critical role of certified shorthand reporters in ensuring the accuracy and legitimacy of legal records.

Under California law, only a transcript prepared by a certified shorthand reporter is automatically admissible in court. This legal mandate highlights the importance of relying on skilled and certified professionals for your court reporting needs, ensuring that your legal documentation is both accurate and legally compliant.

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