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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Anti-contracting legislation introduced in Mississippi

On Tuesday, February 21, the Mississippi state legislature introduced H.B. 689, legislation that would effectively stop third-party contracting in the state. Partner legislation is expected to be released by the state Senate in the next few days. The legislation, which closely relates to the model legislation introduced by NCRA’s Task Force on Contracting, has been…

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PCRA President warns: proposed audio system has pitfalls

The Pennsylvania Court Reporters Association’s president wants Erie County officials to “do their homework” and proceed carefully regarding a proposal to install more than $100,000 worth of digital audio recording equipment in all courtrooms at the Erie County Courthouse. “Live court reporters take down every word as it is spoken, ensuring that the record does…

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Major grant to court reporting studies in CA

Due to a high demand for court reporters, the Cerritos College Court Reporting Department was given a $95,000 grant to motivate students to become court reporters. Approximately 200 of the 20,000 students that attend Cerritos are majoring in court reporting. Court Reporting professor Vykii Morgan is aware of the shortage of students in this department…

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ESPN and Closed Captioning

November 4, 2011 If it wasn’t for court reporters, ESPN would not be able to fully function.  The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires every domestic network on ESPN to be 100 percent closed-captioned.  ESPN has six domestic networks and also Video on Demand (VOD), Pay-Per-View, Goal Line and Buzzer Beater, espn.com, espn3.com, and two international…

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