A Queens Family Court judge blasted the use of electronic recording systems in place of court reporters, saying the machines frequently produce useless records of trial proceedings and “appears to lack any legislative sanction.”

Judge John Hunt (See Profile) said that while the Legislature has allowed temporary experiments with electronic recording of court proceedings, those experiments expired long ago. He suggested that the Office of Court Administration had no right to replace court reporters with recording gadgets and opined that the “For the Record” system that OCA installed in several courtrooms doesn’t work very well.

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