SoCal appellate guru David Ettinger alerts us to the Modesto Bee's recent editorial opinion urging California trial courts to make the "long overdue" switch from using live court reporters to electronic recording devices. The editorial concludes: "Forty-six of the 50 states use some form of electronic recording, many of them primarily and some exclusively. Federal courts use electronic recording. Faced with massive budget cuts, trial courts in California are reeling. Access to justice is threatened. A cost-effective switch from court reporters to electronic recording devices is long overdue."
Read it all here: http://www.modbee.com/2013/02/03/2561930/state-courts-must-enter-electronic.html#storylink=cpy#storylink=cpy
This idea -- which would obviously affect appellate practice -- has been raised many times before. Will the State's current fiscal troubles finally push this innovation over the finish line?