Court reporters in demand at California courthouses

An article that appeared in The Press Democrat, Sonoma County, Calif., on June 25 showcased the court reporting profession as well as the demand for people to fill these jobs in California courthouses. The article cites the Industry Study Report issued by Ducker Worldwide report commissioned by NCRA and quotes NCRA President Sarah E. Nageotte,…

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Moving toward privatizing our courts in California

By Lisa Spiwak California courts have been devastated by deep budget cuts.  In California, over 50 courthouses have been shut down and over 250 courtrooms are now closed. Fewer courtrooms and fewer judges mean that it takes longer to get into court and that could be highly relevant to any business seeking legal redress from…

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Thousands of court documents withheld; confidentiality policy a mistake, official says

Court officials have acknowledged that for more than two decades they routinely kept documents confidential without legal cause, and have now released information on some 2,400 cases following a monthlong inquiry and insistence by the Record Searchlight that the records are public. Executives at the Shasta County Superior Court insist the error was an honest,…

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Calif. court to cut staff, close courtrooms in wake of budget crisis

BY JESSICA M. KARMASEK LOS ANGELES (Legal Newsline) – The Los Angeles Superior Court announced Tuesday that it will reduce its staff by nearly 350 workers, close 56 courtrooms, reduce its use of court reporters and eliminate its Informal Juvenile Traffic Courts program. Presiding Judge Lee Smalley Edmon said the plan is the most significant…

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Sue me? Not a chance this year.

If you feel like suing somebody, you’d better be patient. Due to state budget woes, courts all across the country are cutting back on personnel and the number of hours or even days that they’re open. That’s causing long delays, especially when it comes to civil litigation. “There’s no question that there’s been a pretty…

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Lights. Cameras. Captions!

OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) – The Greater LA Council on Deafness can proceed with a lawsuit claiming CNN violated the civil rights of 100,000 deaf Californians by failing to include captions on videos posted to its website, a federal judge ruled. U.S. District Judge Laurel Beeler rejected CNN’s motion to strike allegations from the complaint. CNN…

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