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CCRA President Early Langley defends official court reporters

In September, Early Langley, RMR, highlighted the importance of stenographic court reporters to the court system in an article  published  by the September 29 Marin (Calif.) Independent Journal. Langley pointed  out how recent cuts to official court reporter positions in California have essentially created a two-tiered justice system that separates those who can afford to bring in a highly-skilled stenographer from those who cannot.  Since  a transcript is needed for an appeal, litigants must either pay  to transcribe  the digital recording or pay to bring in a stenographic  court reporter. She asserted, “The integrity of the judicial process is at stake here with the average person no longer having access to equal justice.”