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Debate grows over court recording system

The Cape Cod Times reported on March 25 that the Massachusetts Trial Court’s move to implement a digital recording system has court reporters fearing for their jobs and has angered attorneys across the state who are concerned about the integrity of the record. Jill Kourafas, RPR, a freelance reporter from Quincy, Mass., and a member of the board of the Massachusetts Court Reporters Association, said her office employs several Trial Court-approved transcribers who struggle to make out the audio from digitally recorded proceedings. “In every transcript there are inaudibles,” Kourafas said. “For the most part, they are very poor and spotty … it’s very rare that we get a great recording.”

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