Q&A

Here are the answers to the most often-asked questions regarding the American Guild of Court Videographers.

Q:
What is the AGCV?
A:
A society of professional court videographers joined together for the purpose of developing skills, recognizing one’s accomplishments, acknowledging the qualifications of a properly trained legal video professional and the sharing of information for the advancement of the profession.

Q:
Why does the AGCV exist?
A:
In this time of the popularity of the home video camcorder, there are those that would represent themselves as qualified to perform the duties of video recording legal depositions and the evidence to be used in a trial without possessing the skills or knowledge necessary to complete the work in a professional manner.

Q:
How?
A:
By setting requirements of performance, overseeing those in the profession and verifying the quality of their completed work, the American Guild of Court Videographers certifies its members as “members in good standing” and upon meeting the certification criteria, awards them with the designation of “CDVS” (Certified Deposition Video Specialist), “CVDS” (Certified Video Documentary Specialist), “CCPS” (Certified Courtroom Presentation Specialist) and / or “CCVS” (Certified Court Video Specialist), thereby, assisting the legal profession in their selection of qualified court videographers.

Q:
Who?
A:
The Federal government has set the standards to be used throughout the industry. These standards which have been accepted by the American Guild of Court Videographers include a “Code of Ethics”, an accepted “Protocol” and generally overseeing the activities of its members.

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