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What Is a Court of Record?

A court of record is law term that refers to a tribunal of judicial officials assigned to exercise various authority functions normally given to a single figure in the current jurisdiction, where all of their functions and the proceedings that take place in the court are recorded and enrolled in a common memorial for preservation. Any judgment conducted by a court of record is normally eligible for an appeal, and depending on the jurisdiction, every court may function as a court of record - some jurisdictions even go as far as to require that any operating court be considered a court of record.

It should be noted that a court does not need to be a court of record to be allowed to maintain a record of all the proceedings that have taken place in it - in modern times, with recording technology being so accessible and widely used, it has become common for many courts to keep records of their proceedings on digital media, as it can greatly assist any potential disputes that arise at a later point, as well as help build a better precedent system for the future.

The information recorded in a court of record is normally stored in one place altogether, which can include different types of media, such as video and audio tapes, manual transcripts and other types of recordings related to the proceedings. In some cases, even the exhibits related to a case are preserved in the court's archives, though usually not permanently.

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