New York court stenographer shortage

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In a changing world, courtrooms are seeing a shortage of stenographers. John Keller is the principal court reporter for the third judicial district in New York State.

He says factors like aging stenographers, the development of digital recorders and a nearly 85 percent dropout rate in court reporting instructional programs have contributed to a shortage.

For now, reporters can and have covered for each other when they’re short staffed due to vacations or illnesses.

But soon they’ll have a problem, especially when you consider legislative changes like the “raise the age” and “the child victims act” increasing caseloads.

That’s why court officials are looking to implement new programs to recruit young professionals, like steno a to z, among others.

The average salary for a court reporter is about 57 thousand dollars a year, the top 10 percent of earners bring in about 100 thousand dollars each year.

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