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What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? ny
are you allowed to record a court hearing for your personal records? i.e., i want to have a record of a court hearing for my own records, is that allowed? is recording in general allowed, so i can have proof of what the other party says?


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I do not know the answer to your specific questioning of recording .

I can tell you of the few times I've been in small claims court , I have never seen or has anyone requested having the proceeding recorded .

If heard by a Judge it will be microphone recorded or by court reporter .

I personally have obtained a transcript .

While the transcript may not be 100 % accurate , an appeals would be based on law , not a slight error of what was said . Remember proof of some sorts have to be introduced .

Do a google search on NY small claims court .

New York City Small Claims Court

Guide to Small Claims Court NYS* Unified Court System Judith S
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You Are Guilty

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Not only is it NOT allowed, the court officers will confiscate your recording equipment as you go through the metal detector.

As BL noted, if you elect to proceed before a judge, the proceedings are tape recorded by the court, and you can call and order a printed transcript based on the tape. If you go with the arbitrator, you get no recording and no transcript.

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