FTR Blog

November 12, 2015

Three ways to reduce risk for your digital court recording operation

Courtrooms have become increasingly reliant on digital technologies to create a verbatim recording of legal proceedings.  When freedom and livelihood hang in the balance, a system failure or unintelligible recording is the last thing anyone needs. It is essential that active digital recording systems capture the court record faithfully every time.  

The good thing is, there are some simple steps you can take to capture usable court recordings every time.

Three ways to reduce risk for your digital court recording operation

  1. 1. Bench test equipment
    For those that aren’t familiar with the term, “bench testing” is defined as a critical evaluation of a new or repaired component, device or apparatus prior to installation to ensure that it is in perfect working condition. You can ensure the reliability of the system and decrease the risk of lost recordings and mistrials using this process. 
  2. 2. Do daily systems checks
    Routine testing of recording systems before court begins for the day gives you the chance to pick up issues before they can impact taking the record. We’ve set up a number of automated daily system check processes and would be happy to provide some assistance.
  3. 3. Have a reserve machine on hand
    FTR recommends having an additional machine on hand as a reserve in case you need to swap out recording devices for off-site troubleshooting. Furthermore, having a reserve recording machine means you can test software updates and patches before installing on active court machines. As a result of our commitment to safe recording practices, every FTR Gold 5.7 Recording Suite license includes a free backup license for your test machine.

You can give your court confidence and peace of mind by adopting a structured testing process.

Contact [email protected] if you have any questions about introducing bench testing and daily system checks into your court’s workflow.

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