California bill prevents courts from contracting out services

An editorial in the Merced (Calif.) Sun-Star called on the California governor to veto Assembly Bill 556 that places restrictions on contracting by the state’s courts. According to the editorial, courts would not be able to contract out for court reporting, security, janitorial services, or other services.

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The Arizona Courts have proposed changes to their court reporter certification board

The Arizona Supreme Court and Administrative Office of the Courts have proposed changes to their court reporter certification board that would remove language that prohibits third-party contracting. Public comments are being accepted online until 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 11. If you are interested in commenting, visit the Arizona Code of Judicial Administration forum.

Maine governor signs legislation prohibiting third-party contracting

On June 18, Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed a law that will prohibit some of the ethical considerations related to thirdparty contracting. The bill, An Act to Ensure Ethical Standards for Court Reporters (L.D. 1469; S.P. 543), highlights the importance of court reporters’ impartiality and the need for maintaining strict ethical standards for court reporters engaged in the legal system.