Alliance of California Judges Opposes Commission’s Court Reporter Recommendations
The Commission on the Future of California’s Court System (Futures Commission) will be holding a meeting on August 29th in which a public comments session will be held to, “further its mission of identifying ways to improve the court system and increase access to justice for all Californians.”
Of the concepts presented by the Futures Commission, two concepts stand out that should concern all official court reporters.
- Concept 8. Explore Court Reporters’ Dual Status, Compensation Discrepancies, and Ownership of Transcripts
- Concept 10. Explore Court Reporters’ Dual Status, Compensation Discrepancies, and Ownership of Transcripts
COCRA will be lodging letters of opposition to both of these proposals as COCRA believes these “concepts” are yet another attempt by the Judicial Council to implement “concepts” that will negatively affect official court reporters and the public at large.
COCRA is not alone in this belief. Today, the Alliance of California Judges sent an email to the Judicial Council stating their reasons for opposing these two concepts. We are including some of the comments that the ACJ submitted in their email.
The ACJ on Concept 8:
“Concept 8 is a proposal to deprive court reporters of the money they make from preparing transcripts. We consider this proposal an attempt to nickel-and-dime our co-workers, hundreds of whom have already been laid off over the past few years.”
The ACJ on Concept 10:
“Concept 10 is an effort to promote the replacement of court reporters with digital recordings…..The inadequacy of electronic recording isn’t just a matter of speculation; it’s a matter of record.”
COCRA agrees completely with the ACJ’s assessments of these two concepts.
COCRA will be working diligently with Shane Gusman, COCRA’s Legislative Advocate, as well as all unions, associations, and supporters of official court reporters to defeat these concepts which diminish our profession and further erode true access to justice for all Californians.
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