Video Conferencing Short Matters (Circular No 3/2005)
Either the Judge's Associate or Registry will inform lawyers for the parties involved of the date and time for a telephone conferfence.
The record of proceedings in the Supreme Court of Tasmania has been kept in various ways since the establishment of the Court. In early times notes were kept in long hand, and then shorthand writers were employed. When it became apparent that people with those skills were in short supply in Tasmania, court proceedings were then recorded on reel to reel tapes, but the equipment was unspecific and not tailored to the Court’s needs.
In 1976 a double decked cassette recorder became available which was specifically designed for use in courtrooms, which afforded microphone isolation, so verbatim reporting could be attained, and the Court continued with this format until 2005.
In February 2005 the Court progressed to digital recording. We capture sound as well as picture, transcription is from sound files, and the record is archived on DVDs . All Courts are capable of being monitored externally and an additional benefit has been we now have a useful teaching tool.