skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 97948 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Federal Court Reporters and Electronic Recording - Hearing Before the House Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Administration of Justice on H R 4450, March 8, 1984
Corporate Author: US Congress
House Subcommittee on Courts, Civil Liberties, and the Admin of Justice
United States of America
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 270
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Congress
Washington, DC 20515
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Legislative Hearing/Committee Report
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A transcript is provided of a hearing considering research undertaken for the Judicial Conference of the United States, pursuant to Section 401 of the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982, which analyzed audio reporting as a court reporting method in a 12 U.S. district courts in 1983.
Abstract: The study examined over 800 audio cassettes as well as 15 audiotape reels, over 10,000 pages of documents, audio operators' log notes, summary sheets, and tally sheets used to analyze accuracy. Researchers at the Federal Judicial Center concluded that audio recording can provide an accurate record of court proceedings and at a lower cost than official court reporters. It can provide the basis for accurate and timely transcript delivery. The Resource Planning Corporation (RPC) has criticized the choices of the court, court reporters, transcription services, and transcript samples and has found fault with the study's comparative cost analyses. However, the Federal Judicial Center has charged that RPC has failed to recognize that the study was only a feasibility study. The Coopers and Lybrand analysis of the study, which criticizes its cost estimates, is also criticized. Testimony of Richard Dagdigian, a court reporter in Illinois, identifies limitations of tape recorders, including tape equipment failure. In defense of the study, testimony of Gordon Bermant, director of the Innovations and Systems Development Division, Federal Judicial Center, in defense of the study is included. The text of H.R. 4450, designed to delay the effective day of section 401(b) of the Federal Courts Improvement Act of 1982, is included.
Index Term(s): Court reporting; Regulatory agencies; Tape recordings; US House of Representatives
Note: Serial number 69.
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.