28 May 2022
For The Record (“FTR Ltd.”) today announced the appointment of Tony Douglass as its new Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Douglass, 49, is a founder of the global justice technology company and most recently served as its President. Widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost experts in digital recording, transcription services, and audio-visual requirements for courts and law enforcement, he brings over 25 years of experience to his new position. Mr. Douglass will be assuming the role previously held by Michael G. Rose, 62, who will continue to serve For The Record in the role of Chairman of the Board.
The announcement comes as For The Record launches a series of new technologies dramatically accelerating and improving the administration of justice:
- For The Record’s Recording Vault is the industry’s first cloud-based storage and retrieval platform enabling immediate access to recordings for the courts and their participants.
- For The Record’s Transcript Express revolutionizes how the public places orders for, and how the courts manage the production of, transcripts. It simultaneously handles invoicing and payment processes for court reporters, giving them more time for their critical function of reporting.
- For The Record is introducing FTR RealTime Speech-to-Text processing for proceedings, which fills the gap created by the growing crisis of fewer court reporters while expanding immediate access to that information cost effectively.
- For The Record’s Smart Audio proprietary configurations provide the industry’s highest-quality audio recording.
- For The Record is also rolling out the world’s most advanced high-tech courtroom solutions, including digital evidence presentation; remote interpretation; hybrid in-person/remote proceedings; and optimal balancing of amplification and recording needs for both video and audio.
“As the world emerges from the global pandemic that forced all courts to immediately adopt new technology, courts everywhere are working to modernize their courtrooms to make permanent many of the benefits of technology recently identified,” said Mr. Rose. “Tony’s long history as one of the world’s foremost visionaries is exactly what jurisdictions will benefit from as they chart the course for the future.”
Mr. Rose added, “Courts everywhere are simultaneously experiencing a dramatic and growing shortage of court reporters, contributing to a mounting backlog of proceedings. The innovations Tony has designed, and For The Record are introducing, represent leaps forward in helping courts leverage technology to help stretch those shrinking resources. Tony will be instrumental in assisting jurisdictions adopt new technologies as these shortages continue to worsen.”
Mr. Rose finished his comments by stating, “I am so pleased to be making this appointment. Tony is in many ways the father of justice technology and his experience is unparalleled in the industry. The growing momentum to modernize the justice system makes the timing of this transition perfect. His leadership into the next decade will enable jurisdictions everywhere to significantly advance the cause of justice.