What is the Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Program?
NCRA's Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) Program
The NCRA Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) program sets and enforces standards for competency in the capture, utilization, and retention of legal video and promotes awareness of these standards within the legal marketplace. NCRA strongly recommends the use of a Certified Legal Video Specialist (CLVS) 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. Learn more Read CLVS Policy Statement
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.
The CLVS certification process is comprised of three steps. Candidates must attend a seminar and pass both a written and a practical exam. For more information about the certification process, including upcoming dates and registration fees, visit the CLVS Certification Process page.
CLVS CEU Requirement
The CLVS CEU requirement first took effect on October 1, 2010. If you were an active CLVS as of that date, you were required to earn and report at least 1.0 CEU (the equivalent of 10 hours of approved formal learning) by the end of your first three-year CEU cycle on September 30, 2013. If you earned your CLVS certification after October 1, 2010, your first three-year cycle began on the October 1 after you became certified.