and say "can you delete that segment?" The court recorder ALREADY HANDED YOU ACOPY. You can produce that copy, and compare it to the court recorder's copy, andshow that the court recorder falsified it. You can sue the court recorder for theintentional tort of altering the recording. He/she could go to jail. So he/shesays "No way".So the referee goes to the court reporter. "Can you accidentally forget to typethat statement?" Perhaps the recorder says OK. Perhaps there is a bribe. Withthe right judge, who refuses to listen to your contemporaneous copy of therecording, and treats the transcript as valid, then this might work once or twice,but once a pattern of this behavior emerges, then it won't.Or perhaps you say "screw it" and go to the press showing how the transcript wasaltered, causing a political mess, then there is no hope. Who cares? They'retaking your baby. Hold you in contempt! The judge could be impeached or loosereelection after a scandal like that.Having a contemporaneous copy IN HAND at the very end of the hearing is anassurance that you have the power to prove that officials of the court haveillicitly altered the transcript that's used in court and is supposed to reflectthat recording.What if the court says that it can't allow me to get a contemporaneous recording?“Only certified reporters and recorders may record or prepare transcripts ofproceedings held in Michigan courts or of depositions taken in Michigan asregulated by Michigan Court Rule 8.108(G). Certification is accomplished through atesting process administered by the Court Reporting and Recording Board of Reviewthrough the assistance of the State Court Administrative Office.”http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/crr/crr.htmSince my initial request for contemporaneous recording would be in writing, ifpossible, I would expect a written response. Anyone indicating thatcontemporaneous recording isn't available would then be on record.I would then ask for the name of the court recorder and the type of equipment thatis in use. If they're lying, they'll avoid giving it to me, so I would make awritten request via certified, return receipt mail. I would send a second letter,certified, return receipt, addressed to “Court Recorder” at the address of thecourt, and request an immediate written reply.When attending my referee hearing, I would note the type of recorder if visible,as well as object to the fact that I was told that the court recorder was unableto do his/her job, was not given the name of the recorder or the model number ofthe equipment. I would also ask at the hearing for that information and requestthat the referee verify that both the recorder and the equipment are certified bythe Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review.At this point I would consider making a written complaint:“Complaints against court reporters and recorders should be made, in writing, tothe Court Reporting and Recording Board of Review at PO Box 30048, Lansing,Michigan 48909. “http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/crr/crr.htmAlso, an e-mail message may get a faster result: CtRec-Info@courts.mi.gov.