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Wednesday, May 2, 2012


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Superior Court Unveils New Policy Regarding Court Reporters


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The Los Angeles Superior Court late yesterday unveiled its new policy regarding use of court reporters in civil cases.

Due to budget cutbacks, the court will not generally supply official reporters, other than in juvenile, criminal, family law, and probate cases, effective May 15. Reporters will be assigned, however, to the general jurisdiction morning calendars through June 15.

Beginning June 18, official reporters will be available for hearings—not trials—in general jurisdiction civil matters two half-days per week. A staffing scheduled will be published at a later date, the court said.

Where official reporters are not available, a private reporter may be retained pursuant to a stipulation and order of the court. A form will be available from the court clerk, or at the court’s website.

Around July 1, the court will publish and post online a list of approved court reporters, who may be retained without a stipulation.


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