Re "State courts must enter the electronic age" (Editorials, Feb. 1): You cannot compare the appellate court or the California Supreme Court with trial courts. The appellate courts rely on the record of the trial proceedings to make their extremely important decisions. The trial testimony is where the rubber hits the road!
The testimony of witnesses cannot be found in a law book, nor can it be properly transcribed by an electronic transcriber who was not in the courtroom to clarify an inaudible, garbled or unintelligible answer. The transcriber cannot ask the parties to stop talking over each other. It cannot produce a transcript when there is an undetected malfunction in the recording equipment. There is an abundance of documented cases from states that have moved to electronic recording that have been overturned due to the lack of trial testimony from an electronically recorded record.
-- Jenell Mullane, Redwood City