Remove Work – Solution To National Court Reporter Shortage?

Legal TranscriptionistThere is a national shortage of court reporters, a shortage that’s primarily affecting rural regions of the country, according to the National Association of Court Reporters. Demand is outpacing supply for these positions, and in many states, the effects are already being felt.

When no court reporters are available for a hearing or criminal case, judges may be forced to delay the proceedings altogether. So far that hasn’t been reported in Michigan courtrooms, but the state is also struggling to recruit new transcribers.

In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich personally intervened to get more people into the profession by designating February 14-20 the official Ohio Court Reporting and Captioning Week.

“Whether called the scribes of yesterday or the court reporters and captioners of today, the individuals who preserve our nation’s history are truly guardians of the record.”

Sarah Nageotte, a long-time court reporter, reports that 70% of her colleagues in Ohio are near-retirement age already.

“The majority of the profession are at that retirement age. With them leaving, we haven’t been getting the influx of the new reporters in,” she told the Star Beacon. “It’s hard to get that amount of turnaround.”

And while The Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters describes a “severe shortage” on their website, the profession is expected to experience growth of up to 10% between 2012 and 2022.

As a result of this increasing demand, The Michigan Association of Professional Court Reporters says that alternative options are being explored. Remote captioning offers a viable solution, and states like Arizona are already experimenting with virtual court reporters and electronic recording technology. Because remote workers from all across the country could transcribe court hearings in rural areas, judges would no longer have to postpone important cases.

In fact, if current trends continue, the traditional court reporter may soon disappear entirely.



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2 Responses to Remove Work – Solution To National Court Reporter Shortage?

  1. Marc Greenberg Reply

    July 24, 2017 at 5:00 am

    The existence of the court reporter is too important to the legal system to go away or be replaced. We need MORE awareness that this amazing occupation exists. We need MORE recruitment into the field. We need more court reporting schools that teach the skills needed at a fee students can afford.

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  2. Mark McClure Reply

    May 29, 2017 at 9:02 pm

    This sounds like a supply-and-demand problem. Traditionally in situations like this, the way to increase supply is to increase the pay or benefits to the supplier. I have heard that court reporters have not had a substantive raise in many years.

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