(Received 15 October 1988; accepted 14 November 1988)
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Problems for law enforcement, both in the examination of taped evidence and in the presentation of evidential transcripts in the courtroom, have arisen as a direct result of misconceptions of what constitutes a transcript of a voice recording. This paper introduces a variety of transcript types, pointing out that transcripts for use by the law enforcement community have special requirements that need to be recognized, that are not being met by transcript types presently in use, and that would distinguish this type of transcript from other types. To assist the law enforcement community in meeting these special requirements, a unique format for transcribing voice recordings is presented, with accompanying guidelines.
Forensic linguist, Document Section, Laboratory, Federal Bureau of Investigation, N.W. Washington, DC
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