I wanted to share with AFCC members the recent standing order for the Second Judicial District issued by Chief Judge Guthmann regarding situations when a party seeks to admit a recorded statement (video or audio clip). This order was updated due to recent amendments to the rules of criminal procedure and civil appellate procedure. While these rules do not impact OFP and HRO evidentiary hearings or family law proceedings, Chief Judge Guthmann has determined the civil rules should conform with those rules.
This rule requires a party intending to introduce a recorded statement to advise the opposing party of the format in which the statement is preserved, and prior to trial timely prepare, serve, and file a verbatim transcript of the recorded statement. Failure to comply may result in exclusion of the recorded statement at trial.
Referee of District Court