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Supreme Court extends audio-video transcript pilot project

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A pilot project in three Indiana courts that replaces written transcripts with audio/video camera recordings has been extended and expanded because two of the three courts haven’t generated the anticipated number of appeals necessary to evaluate the system.

The Supreme Court recently posted on its website an order dated Dec. 18 that extended the pilot project that was to expire Dec. 31, 2013.

Under the project initiated in 2012, three Indiana courtrooms were equipped with video cameras supplied by Jefferson Audio Video Systems of Louisville. Ky. Camera recordings from those three courts will form the official appellate transcripts in 15 cases from each court.

In two of the three courts, fewer than 15 appeals designated as camera-transcript cases were generated by the end of 2013, according to the order. Marion Superior Criminal Division 6 Judge Mark Stoner’s court was the lone venue in which 15 appeals were generated using the AV system.

The order indicates that five juvenile cases were generated from the court of Tippecanoe Superior Judge Faith Graham but no civil appeals arose from the court of Allen Superior Judge Nancy Boyer.

“In order to achieve the goal of fifteen designated civil cases, this Court authorizes any of the judicial officers in Marion County, in Tippecanoe County, and in Allen County to use the courtrooms and the JAVS equipment for the purpose of conducting civil case trials,” the order says. “If a Notice of Appeal is filed in any of those cases, the presiding judicial officer may designate that appeal as a pilot project case.”



 

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