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State to lay off 18 court reporters



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- New technology and budget cuts mean 18 state-employed court reporters will be laid off next year.

Starting on July 1, 2009, all district court cases will be recorded by digital camera equipment that's already in use.

State Court Administrator Dan Becker says the staff reductions will save the courts more than $1 million a year.

Milo Harmon, who has more than four decades of experience as a court reporter, says the system won't operate as smoothly without him and others because electronics are not a substitute for a human being.

D. Mark Jones, U.S. District Court clerk, says there are no plans to lay off seven federal court reporters.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

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