San Diego Superior Court further decreases court reporter services

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Fallbrook & Bonsall Village News reported on Sept. 1 that the San Diego Superior Court is reducing staff and services for the second time in five years, including a further reduction in the services of court reporters provided at court expense in family court proceedings. These changes are, according to the article, due to a shrinking budget.

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JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyA drop in the number of court reporters, as well as additional inadequate staffing and increasing workloads at the Superior Court of Sonoma County, Calif., is resulting in long waits and limited access to court, according to an article posted July 9 by the Press Democrat.

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Court reporting dominates local news in Texas

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyNCRA members Cayce Coskey, RPR; Leslie Ryan-Hash; Carol Smith, RPR; and Nardi Reaves were quoted in an article posted June 18 by the Times Record, Wichita Falls, Texas, that showcases the role of a court reporter as well as the speed and accuracy needed to succeed in the profession. Also on June 17, the newspaper posted an article about the salaries of Nueces County court reporters. On June 18, an editorial piece calling the salary assessment “grossly unfair” was published in the newspaper.

Board of Judges discusses need for court reporters

JCR logoKIII News reported on May 8 that the court system in Nueces County, Corpus Christi, Texas, has had a problem attracting and keeping court reporters because of low pay. Recently the Board of Judges and County Commissioners agreed to a deal to cut two positions in exchange for pay raises for all court reporters.

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Terrebonne Courthouse observes ‘fifth week’ this week

jcr-publications_high-resThe Terrebonne Parish Courthouse, La., is not holding court sessions this week to allow its employees, including court reporters, to catch up on their duties in preparation for another month of court activities, according to an article posted Jan. 31 by houmatoday.com.

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Personnel cuts would not allow courts to work

Walter Braud of the 14th Judicial Circuit, Rock Island County [Illinois], addressed officials about a proposed budget that would entail a possible 116 layoffs, according to a May 12 article in the Quad-City Times [Iowa]. Calling the situation a near tragedy, Braud later told reporters: “I’m required by law to have a good and proper courthouse. In each courtroom, there has to be a court reporter to record the proceedings, a clerk to maintain the court records, and there have to be armed deputies.”

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Chief judge says funding plan still not in place

An article posted on March 2 by the Daily Report Online reports concerns by Chief Judge Gail Tusan of the Fulton County, Ga., Superior Court that a funding agreement is still not in place to support a pretrial services program and still meet mandated expenses, such as paying for court reporters’ transcripts.

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Clearfield County, Pa., court reporter shortage still unresolved

GANT News reported on Feb. 10 that Clearfield County, Pa., court officials continue to face the dilemma of having a shortage of court reporters. The shortage is blamed in part on low pay rates.

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Luzerne County officials working on plan for potential shutdown

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.

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Video: Lowndes County supervisors pass budget with a few tweaks

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.

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