NEW TECHNOLOGY IMPROVES COURT RECORDS
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George today announced an upgrade to Lismore Court House technology to improve the way court proceedings are recorded and transcribed.
“The NSW Government is committed to improving the way court proceedings are recorded in all Local and District Courts across the state,” Mr George said.
“Lismore Court House has received $30,000 for digital installations. This is one of the most extensive works as it covers all three courtrooms, but finalise works so all four courtrooms are now completed.
“In NSW, all formal criminal and civil court proceedings must be recorded to provide a clear account of what has gone on in the courtroom.
“Installing new digital technology will significantly improve the quality and reliability of recordings and ensure audio can be accessed faster and more efficiently.
“The audio will be captured by microphones in the courtroom and automatically uploaded onto a computer and transferred to a transcription centre to be transcribed if required.
“Court audio recordings and shorthand notes are held for three to five years after the completion of a matter.
“Transcripts are stored electronically by the Reporting Services Branch.
“Transcripts can be ordered and accessed by judges, juries, legal practitioners and members of the public who are directly involved in court matters.
“The court registrar may also permit parties who are not involved in the proceedings to obtain a copy of a transcript if they provide sufficient reasons in writing.
“An official court transcript is important because the decision of a judge or other judicial officer may be appealed.
“During an appeal, a higher court may be asked to look at the original decision and determine if it was correct in law.
“Court transcripts are not automatically prepared in all matters. If a person needs a typed copy of what was said during a court case the Reporting Services Branch uses the audio recording to prepare a transcript.”