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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

CM/ECF to Include Audio Files
The Federal Judiciary reports: Continuing its efforts to enhance the transparency of courtroom proceedings, the federal judiciary is about to launch a pilot project to make digital audio recordings publicly available online.

Five pilot project participants – three bankruptcy courts and two district courts – will integrate their recording and Case Management/Electronic Case Files (CM/ECF) systems to make audio files available later this summer on the Internet, the same way written files have long been available.

"We're just treating the audio file as we would a written file," said U.S. Bankruptcy Judge J. Rich Leonard in the Eastern District of North Carolina . "We think providing access to an audio file will prove to be enormously helpful." full story

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