About the CLVS Community
The Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Community of Interest has been designed to provide an area where Legal Videographers can congregate, exchange information, partipate in on-going discussions, learn about new techniques, and find internet based videography resources.
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Last Updated: June 29, 2012
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The Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Council sets and enforces standards for competency in the capture, utilization, and retention of legal video and promotes awareness of these standards to the legal community.
NCRA Position Statement
NCRA strongly recommends the use of a Certified Legal Video Specialist to ensure the integrity of both the videotaped legal proceedings and the utilization of the electronically recorded media. A CLVS has been trained on the professional standards, ethics, and responsibilities of creating and maintaining the record.
CLVS Council Position Statement
The official CLVS Standards, as taught in the CLVS seminar and disseminated to all certified CLVSs state, “CLVS Standard #62: The videographer shall work with the reporter to promote, protect, and ensure the production of a quality record.” In addition to CLVS Standard 62, the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics Advisory Opinion 44 states that, “a single person cannot continuously monitor a video recording while simultaneously producing a stenographic reporting of the proceeding.” The CLVS Council supports this opinion fully.
Therefore, the position of the CLVS Council is that a court reporter should be present during a deposition and should hold the responsibility for creating and maintaining the written testimony. The role of the videographer should be to capture the testimony via audiovisual means. This arrangement ensures that both professionals are best positioned to render services to all parties in a competent manner and to maintain the integrity of their respective professions.