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484.72 ELECTRONIC RECORDING OF COURT PROCEEDINGS.
    Subdivision 1. Authorization. Except as provided in subdivision 4, electronic recording
equipment may be used to record court proceedings in lieu of a court reporter. However, at the
request of any party to any proceedings, the court may, in its discretion, require a competent
stenographer who meets minimum qualifications promulgated by the Supreme Court, to make a
complete stenographic record of the proceedings.
    Subd. 2. Appointment of operator, costs and payment. The court shall have the authority
to appoint a person or persons to operate and monitor electronic recording equipment. The
person or persons may be paid on a salary basis, on a contract basis, or such other basis as the
court deems appropriate.
    Subd. 3. Specification for electronic recording equipment; qualifications for operator.
For the purpose of this section the state court administrator shall promulgate specifications for
acceptable electronic recording equipment used to record court proceedings and minimum
qualifications for the persons who operate and monitor the equipment.
    Subd. 4. Limitations on use of electronic recording equipment. A competent stenographer
who meets minimum qualifications promulgated by the Supreme Court, shall make a complete
stenographic record of the following court proceedings:
(1) Felony and gross misdemeanor offenses, except arraignments and first appearance in
district court as specified in rule 8 of the Rules of Criminal Procedure.
(2) District court jury trials.
(3) Contested district court trials and fact-finding hearings. Where required by statute or
court rule, electronic recording equipment may be used in addition to the services of a competent
stenographer.
    Subd. 5. Malfunction of electronic recording. If, when electronic recording equipment
is used, a malfunction occurs in the recording process so that the recording is incomplete, the
court may declare a mistrial if the malfunction is discovered during the trial. If the malfunction is
discovered in the course of preparing a transcript after a verdict has been entered, the court may
grant a new trial upon motion of any party.
    Subd. 6. Expedited child support process. Notwithstanding subdivisions 1 and 4, hearings
and proceedings conducted in the expedited child support process under section 484.702 may
be reported by use of electronic recording equipment provided that the equipment meets the
minimum standards promulgated by the state court administrator. Electronic recording equipment
must be operated and monitored by a person who meets the minimum qualifications promulgated
by the state court administrator.
History: 1981 c 303 s 1; 1999 c 196 art 1 s 3