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Court Stenographers Going Away in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts Trial Court is eliminating the position of “court reporter,” which refers to stenographers who produce a verbatim transcript of court proceedings, in favor of a recording system called For The Record.

The 37 court reporter positions in Massachusetts in 2017 will be eliminated June 30, 2018 and replaced by 14 “monitors,” who are supposed to make the sure the recording system is working properly and tend to other clerical tasks in the courts, according to MassLive.com.

Those 14 positions will see a 20 percent pay cut from court reporter, down to $68,290 a year.

A spokesman for the state Trial Court told MassLive.com that the new For The Record system allows anyone to access recordings of public court hearings from their own computer.

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