Moreover, it prevented me from modifying the "original" version of the stenographic notes by highlighting and marking the pages. Pleaders have all waken up the day before a trial to realize they did not have any virgin copy of the stenographic notes (or any other filed document) to produce during the hearing: I don't want it to happen anymore! Electronic documents give me the possibility to keep an "original" that I will later copy on disks as I please.
Not only that, at the age of the Loi concernant le Cadre juridique des technologies de l'information, I do not understand why the paper version still has to be THE original. Has anyone ever been questioned about the authenticity of the stenographic notes... It seems to me that a .PDF document (or anything similar) with the stenographer signature encrypted would be far more formal than putting the pen to the paper.
It would reduce the amount of paper the poor "fonctionnaires" have to deal with everyday and would therefore eliminate a fair number of so-common (and frequent) errors that ensue in the manipulation process. Talking about manipulation: let us cut the chain of custody that starts with the stenographer recording and dictating the examination on a good old tape and that follows with the same (or another) stenographer typing the recordings to its computer, printing the final product in X copies for all the parties and the judge, signing one copy of the bundle for each party, mailing the bundle (after buying stamps); Wake up!! Canada Post truck just picked the packages and is on its way to the sorting warehouse! Anyway, you got the picture.
The process could start and end with the stenographer videorecording the examination to its computer, retyping the audio recording and e-mail it (with the video for a little extra $$) to the parties.
Especially in matters of injunctions, saving the mailing delays (and manipulation risks) would give us the extra time we need to prepare for the hearing.
Finally, the electronic version can follow me anywhere I go (in my laptop or through a VPN connection) and it takes no space in my filling cabinet...
One last thing: To make sure I was not dreaming, I reverted to an article by Dennis Kennedy where he stated that "Court reporters have historically driven the adoption of new technology in litigation. It was court reporters more than lawyers who pushed for real-time transcription. Now court reporters are once again poised to move us to the next step in digitizing the litigation process." I was dreaming!
P.S. Just by reading the four articles of the Loi sur les sténographes, one understands that Quebec is far from thinking about going where Dennis Kennedy is heading!