Court Reporter Jobs Disappearing?
Judicial officials say that replacing court reporters with digital recordings could average an increase cost to taxpayers, and it could also average less accurate court transcripts.
The senior resident superior court estimate stated that he was not opposed replacing live court reporters with digital recorders. However, he felt that there was a little way to go with the technology to fully implement it.
The National Center for State Courts preformed the study.
The Administrative Office of Courts released a report saying that recorders should be used in court proceedings that are more harsh in character, such as, civil and criminal court proceedings in the Superior Court. However, digital recorders are being utilized in many counties for most District Court proceedings.
If digital recording becomes the new standard then it will replace 100 court reporter jobs including 2 in Robeson county.
The office that runs the court system (The Administrative Office of Courts) recently conducted a study of the salary and the need for court reporters after a request came in from the General Assembly a year ago. There was an estimated $2 million that would be saved if private reporters were hired on a need basis and recording equipment was installed in the court rooms instead. According to the Senate plan! The state’s staff of 100 reporters would be cut in half, and it would reduce the state’s budget.
John Smith, the Administrative Office of Courts Director stated that the agency is not for getting rid of live court reporters. However, according to The News & Observer of Raleigh there should be a “gradual change to an appropriate mix.” This method that there should be use of both digital recordings and live recorders. The complicate situations should be reserved for live court reporters and the routine matters would be digital recordings.
Robeson County judges, court reporters, the district attorney, the public defender and others representing the local courts met recently with state Sen. Michael Walters and state Rep. Charles Graham, both of Robeson County, and James L. Boles Jr., of Moore County, to air their concerns. Boles is co-chairman of the House Justice and Public Safety Appropriations Committee, while Graham is a member of the committee.
There was recently a meeting that included the Senator (Michael Walters), the state representative (Charles Graham), court reporters, the district attorney, and public defender to discuss the new hypothesizedv changes for Robeson County.
however you have other officials who oppose the use of digital recorders no matter what.
Walters also raised concerns about the recommendation.
already after hearing all of the selling points some people are nevertheless not buying it.
Accuracy has become an important interest for Walters.