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Cuts mean attorneys must bring their own reporters to court

Kern County Superior Court in California will no longer provide court reporters for family, civil, and probate proceedings due to state budget cuts, according to a June 10 story aired on KGET TV 17 out of Bakersfield, Calif. Following the budget cut, parties to a proceeding or the attorneys who want a record of proceedings will have to hire and bring their own reporters. Some attorneys were unprepared for the change, and court reporting agencies set up in the hallway to offer their services as the parties were called into court. According to the news story, the courthouse is permitting the agencies to hang signs in the halls for the time being even though soliciting is normally not allowed.