Nevada State Judicial Department

Sec. § 3.380
Sound recording equipment: Installation; operation; transcription of recording; use of transcript; provision by party of certified court reporter; effect.


The judge or judges of any district court may, with the approval of the board of county commissioners of any one or more of the counties comprising such district, in addition to the appointment of a court reporter as in this chapter provided, enter an order for the installation of sound recording equipment for use in any of the instances recited in NRS 3.320, for the recording of any civil and criminal proceedings, testimony, objections, rulings, exceptions, arraignments, pleas, sentences, statements and remarks made by the district attorney or judge, oral instructions given by the judge and any other proceedings occurring in civil or criminal actions or proceedings, or special proceedings whenever and wherever and to the same extent as any of such proceedings have heretofore under existing statutes been recorded by the official reporter or any special reporter or any reporter pro tempore appointed by the court.


For the purpose of operating such sound recording equipment, the court or judge may appoint or designate the official reporter or a special reporter or reporter pro tempore or the county clerk or clerk of the court or deputy clerk. The person so operating such sound recording equipment shall subscribe to an oath that he or she will well and truly operate the equipment so as to record all of the matters and proceedings.


The court may then designate the person operating such equipment or any other competent person to listen to the recording and to transcribe the recording into written text. The person who:


Transcribes the recording shall subscribe to an oath that he or she has truly and correctly transcribed the proceedings as recorded.


Operates the sound recording equipment as described in subsection 2 shall:


Subscribe to an oath that the sound recording is a true and accurate recording of the proceedings; and


In the event of an error, malfunction or other problem relating to the sound recording equipment or the sound recording, report that error, malfunction or problem to the court.


The transcript may be used for all purposes for which transcripts have heretofore been received and accepted under then existing statutes, including transcripts of testimony and transcripts of proceedings as constituting bills of exceptions or part of the bill of exceptions on appeals in all criminal cases and transcripts of the evidence or proceedings as constituting the record on appeal in civil cases and including transcripts of preliminary hearings before justices of the peace and other committing magistrates, and are subject to correction in the same manner as transcripts under existing statutes.


If a proceeding is recorded and a transcript is requested, a copy of the sound recording must, if requested, be provided with the transcript. The cost for providing the sound recording must not exceed the actual cost of production and must be paid by the party who requests the sound recording.


In civil and criminal cases when the court has ordered the use of such sound recording equipment, any party to the action, at the party’s own expense, may provide a certified court reporter to make a record of and transcribe all the matters of the proceeding. In such a case, the record prepared by sound recording is the official record of the proceedings, unless it fails or is incomplete because of equipment or operational failure, in which case the record prepared by the certified court reporter shall be deemed, for all purposes, the official record of the proceedings.

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