Family court cases in South Carolina being delayed by lack of court reporters

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Independent Mail (Anderson, S.C.) published an article on Jan. 14 about the lack of court reporters in South Carolina delaying family court cases in that state. The article quotes NCRA President Christine J. Willette, RDR, CRR, CRC. The story was also picked up by the Associated Press, the New Haven Register, and several broadcast outlets.

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Chief Justice Roberts announces sexual harassment assessment

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklySupreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts announced that in 2018 the court system will evaluate how allegations of sexual misconduct are handled, according to an article posted by CNN.com on Dec. 31, 2017. This announcement came in his year-end report. “The judiciary will begin 2018 by undertaking a careful evaluation of whether its standards of conduct and its procedures for investigating and correcting inappropriate behavior are adequate to ensure an exemplary workplace for every judge and every court employee,” Roberts wrote.

The story was also covered in the Washington Post and Jezebel’s The Slot.

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Local groups work to end court reporter shortage and speed up Tulsa County case flow

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyFOX 23 News in Tulsa, Okla., aired a story on Dec. 12 about local groups working to end the court reporter shortage in an effort to speed up Tulsa County’s case flow. NCRA member Allison Hall, RMR, CRR, an official court reporter for 18 years, is interviewed in the story.

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New committee aims to promote court access for people with disabilities

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyA Sept. 26 press release by the Hon. Lawrence K. Marks, chief administrative judge of the New York State Unified Court System, announced the formation of the Advisory Committee on Access for People with Disabilities. The committee is charged with “developing an action plan to improve access to the New York State courts for all persons, including those with visual, hearing, communication, mobility, cognitive and other disabilities.”

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Task force to consider court reporter shortage

JCR: Journal of Court Reporting, TheJCR.com, JCR WeeklyThe Nashvillepost.com reported on July 12 that the Tennessee Supreme Court has created a task force of judges, clerks, and court reporters to study a continued shortage of court reporters to record trials in criminal courts. Among the group’s members is NCRA member Anita Polk, an official court reporter with the 21st Judicial District.

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Michigan lawmakers introduce courthouse violence bill

JCR publications share buttonWSBT 22, Berrien County, Mich., reported on March 6 that three state lawmakers have introduced legislation that would increase the maximum penalties for people who commit or attempt to commit courtroom assaults on a courtroom employee, including judges, prosecutors, police, and court reporters.

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Letter to the editor from court reporter relays frustration over lack of raises

jcr-publications_high-resA letter to the editor written by NCRA member Melissa K. Atkinson, RDR, CRR, an official court reporter from Enid, Okla., was posted on Feb. 18 by TulsaWorld.com. The letter expresses her love for her job but her frustration at the lack of pay raises by the state.

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Sign up for the New York open-competitive court reporting exam

New York courthouseThe filing period for the New York State Office of Court open-competitive examination for court reporters is open through April 5. This is the lower court civil service examination and qualifies those who pass to work in the state’s court system. Candidates are not required to be residents of New York. The examination will be administered statewide on May 20, 2017. For more information, an online examination application, or an orientation guide, visit nycourts.gov.

NCRA member expresses frustrations over lack of pay raises

jcr-publications_high-resIn a letter to the editor, NCRA member Melissa K. Atkinson, RDR, CRR, an official court reporter from Enid, Okla., expressed her frustration with the lack of pay raises since 2006 for court reporters in the state. The letter was published Feb. 7 by EnidNews.com.

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Court offices to take furlough day to meet budget cuts

jcr-publications_high-resThe 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.

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