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NCJ Number: 31527 Find in a Library
Title: VIDEOTAPE IN OHIO
Journal: JUDICATURE  Volume:59  Issue:5  Dated:(DECEMBER 1975)  Pages:230-238
Author(s): I KOSKY
Corporate Author: American Judicature Soc
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: American Judicature Soc
Chicago, IL 60601-7401
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS CRITIQUE OF THE USE OF PRERECORDED VIDEOTAPE TRIALS (PRVTT) AND IN-COURT VIDEOTAPE COURT RECORDS DETAILS THE DISADVANTAGES OF THESE APPLICATIONS IN TERMS OF EXPENSE, COURT TIME, AND EFFECT ON THE JUDICIAL PROCESS.
Abstract: THE AUTHOR FIRST DESCRIBES THE OHIO EXPERIMENT IN WHICH VIDEOTAPES WERE USED AS THE SOLE MEANS OF MAKING THE RECORD IN THREE OF THE FOUR CRIMINAL COURTROOMS OF THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF FRANKLIN COUNTY. SEVERAL CRITICISMS OF THIS METHOD BY MEMBERS OF THE COURT OF APPEALS IN FRANKLIN COUNTY ARE THEN PRESENTED. IN GENERAL, THE JUDGES STATED THAT THE VIDEOTAPE RECORD WAS UNWIELDY AND TIME-CONSUMING, COMPARED TO A TYPEWRITTEN TRANSCRIPT. PROBLEMS IN TRANSCRIBING FROM VIDEOTAPE RECORDS ARE ALSO NOTED. SEVERAL OBJECTIONS TO THE USE OF PRERECORDED VIDEOTAPE TRIALS ARE NOTED. AMONG THESE ARE THE HIGH COSTS OF VIDEOTAPE RECORDS; THE AMOUNT OF TIME CONSUMED IN FILMING, VIEWING, EDITING, AND REPRINTING THE VIDEOTAPE; THE LIMITING EFFECT SUCH VIDEOTAPES WOULD HAVE ON THE ROLE OF THE JUDGE; AND THE POSSIBLE DETRIMENTAL OR BIASING EFFECTS PRVTT WOULD HAVE ON THE JURY. SEVERAL CRITICISMS OF VIDEOTAPE USE IN TRIALS BY NOTED SCHOLARS, JUDGES, AND EXPERTS ARE OFFERED. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT IN LIGHT OF THESE FACTS AND CRITICISMS, SERIOUS THOUGHT SHOULD BE GIVEN TO VIDEOTAPE USE BEFORE IT IS GENERALLY ADOPTED.
Index Term(s): Appeal procedures; Audiovisual aids; Court records; Critiques; Judicial process; Juries; Ohio; Records management; Trials; Videotapes
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