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ABA files amicus brief supporting access to court reporters for poor

On Aug. 1, the reported that the American Bar Association has filed an amicus brief opposing a court policy that prevented an indigent civil litigant from obtaining a free court reporter. “The ABA respects the budgetary challenges facing state courts, and the difficult decisions in determining where and to save money,” the brief says. “By scaling back essential services like court reporters and placing the economic burden on litigants, state courts merely shift the financial burden to a population that is unable to bear it, and impede those litigants’ access to the courts.”

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