The Superior court in response to AOC budget cuts is in the process of implementing wide spread budget cuts including removing court reporters from family law, civil law and probate proceedings. Court reporters were salaried court employees, with litigants being charged $ 60, per hearing if they didn’t have a fee waiver. It is unclear how the court cannot afford court reporters if their salary is being reimbursed by the fees that litigants pay to the court. Court reporters are mandated for criminal and juvenile proceedings, and those are not affected. If the layoffs occur, civil litigants will have to hire reporters if they want a transcript of trials or other proceedings. Current costs for situations in which court reporters are hired per diem have a price tag of $518 a day.
Litigants will have to prepare themselves for proceedings where objections and judicial notices are not listed on the court record as the reporter’s transcript will not be available to preserve those objections. Litigants will have to prepare themselves for judicial officers who suppress evidence, where the evidence is not listed in the minute order as having been offered with a burden of proof. What will occur is that the court will have free license to continue with the judicial rape and battery against parents and their children with no record of the violation of judicial canon of ethics, that govern the standard of judicial officers.
The San Bernardino Superior Court will still implement court reporters on a pooled assignment basis.
Most litigants will be unable to hire court reporters to transcribe proceedings and the transcript of proceedings will be eliminated all together, allowing further rampant judicial malfeasance to continue. Since the Court has announced that it will be eliminating court reporters perhaps the court will announce a mechanism for litigants to preserve their objections to evidence and inadmissible testimony on the minute order record.
Another alternative would be to allow the electronic record of proceedings, (video and audio), to be made available to litigants.