Canon 2.5: Properly Maintain Records

A court professional shall not inappropriately destroy, alter, falsify, mutilate, backdate or fail to make required entries on any records within the court’s control.

Comments

This canon does not prohibit alteration or expungement of records or documents pursuant to court order or an authorized records retention schedule. A criticism of this canon could be that it mirrors existing statutes and rules already in place.

One concern is the retention and disposal of court reporter notes. It is unclear what obligation court reporters have to retain notes of past trial after separation or retirement from a court. It might be a concern if a reporter writes in a phonetic code difficult or impossible for a transcriber to later reduce to writing.

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