Re "State courts must enter the electronic age" (Editorials, Feb. 1): Unfortunately, this editorial misses the mark on the effectiveness of electronic recording saving California money. If California courts switch to electronic recording, who is going to pay for the equipment, maintain the equipment, monitor the equipment, and produce a transcript?
Under our present system, court reporters pay for everything involved in producing a transcript, including equipment, software, maintenance, insurance and all production costs. The rates that court reporters charge in Superior Court have not increased since 1991, yet court reporters' expenses continue to increase on a regular basis.
Since 2008, Iowa, Oregon, Texas and New York have demanded court reporters return to their courts, citing unexpected delays, inaccuracies, and hidden costs while using electronic recordings. What a shame if California taxpayers end up paying more for much less.
-- Janice Scott, San Francisco