Pinellas County, Fla., Court Reporting Goes Digital
Court replaces reporters with microphones in misdemeanor cases
According to the St. Petersburg Times
, the Pinellas county court system
recently finished its launch of a new $440,000 digital court reporting system, using eight microphones in each of the criminal courthouse's 22 felony and misdemeanor courtrooms to record lawyers, judges and witnesses. The sound is stored digitally on computers.
The circuit joins at least a half dozen around Florida, including Hillsborough county, that have already gone digital to some degree.
The move, reportedly driven primarily by a shortage of court reporters, is expected to eventually save money, though how much and when remains unclear.
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