Reporters and Electronic Evidence


December 1, 2006, is a date that changed the world of litigation for judges and lawyers alike. You didn’t notice the earth shaking? Maybe we didn’t feel anything because

those tremors are only now manifesting in the court reporting world.

On that date, amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were adopted to accommodate a relatively new form of evidence not contemplated when the original rules were first enacted. This rule has changed the definition of “original document” and established a new class of evidence, most commonly referred to as “electronically stored information,” “ESI,” or “e-discovery.” It encompasses not only document images and digital photos but also file formats commonly used in our everyday lives.

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