The Sioux City Journal reported on Jan. 31 that court workers across Iowa will take an unpaid day off on May 26 to help meet a $3 million reduction in the state’s judicial branch’s current fiscal year budget.
A Nov. 18 article posted by the Times Leader reported that Luzerne County, Pa., officials did not firm up a plan to continue funding county operations beyond the Nov. 25 payroll. The salaries of court reporters in the county are at stake.
On Oct. 14, the Tulsa World published the first of a three-part series about the underfunding of America’s judicial system. The article focused on how under-funded, and thus under-staffed, courts lead to lengthier cases and delayed justice.
The LewisboroLedger.com, Lewisboro, N.Y., reported on Oct. 16 that town Justice Marc Seedorf recently presented his and Justice Susan Simon’s request for $156,000 to run their department for 2016, which included two increases. Seedorf said he planned to offset the costs with savings on court stenographers but noted that the town’s decision, a few years ago, to retain two full-time court clerks had benefited the town’s finances and the functioning of the court. He thanked officials for keeping them on board.
WFMY TV 2, Greensboro, N.C., reported on Sept. 16 that state lawmakers have approved salary increases for court reporters after cuts a year ago led to many reporters leaving to seek jobs in other states. The salary cuts had forced Forsyth County to shut down half of its district courtrooms.
WCBI News 4 in Columbus, Miss., reported on Sept. 15 that the Lowndes County supervisors approved a pay increase for court reporters. The Lowndes County portion of that increase will equal about $17,000 a year.
The NatchezDemocrat.com reported on Aug. 27 that state court reporters in Adams County, Miss., and surrounding counties will be receiving raises for the first time in 12 years as a result of a law that took effect July 1. The raises will become official when the board of supervisors adopts the county’s budget for the 2015-2016 fiscal year, which begins Oct. 1.
The Neshoba Democrat (Philadelphia, Miss.) reported on Aug. 26 that the Neshoba County Board of Supervisors approved significant pay increases for Eighth Circuit Court District reporters by order of the judges and also renewed the county’s employee health care plan. In accordance with a court order issued by Judges Vernon Cotten and Marcus Gordon, county supervisors agreed to support a salary increase for three court reporters over a three-year period.
The Dispatch reported on Aug. 15 that Circuit Court Judge Jim Kitchens appeared before the Lowndes County, Miss., Board of Supervisors seeking support for increasing the pay for the county’s three court reporters over the next three years.
The Wisconsin court system’s budget was approved by the legislature and signed by the governor for the 2015-2017 fiscal year. The budget, which originally would have put court reporters’ jobs at risk, kept language to pay for court reporters’ salaries and related expenses as a regular part of the appropriations for the courts.