Can I record my hearing with the family court commissioner?
Dan Exner, J.D. | September 12, 2014
I am representing myself in a custody hearing case and wanted to record our hearing so I can go through it afterwards. Is this allowed?
Family Law Attorney Response:
Thank you for your question. You are allowed to record hearings for your own access, however there are guidelines.
In Forsythe v. Family Court Comm’r 131, Wis.2d 322, 388 N.W.2d 580 (1986), it was decided that if a family court commissioner firmly believes the recording of a proceeding significantly alters achievement of the essential purposes of the proceeding, the family court commissioner may order a party to temporarily discontinue recording. However it cannot be discontinued so that a party’s participation is altered.