||Judges seek raises for court reporters
COLUMBUS, Miss. — Judges say they are the most overlooked people in the courtroom but among the most important.
That’s why judges are asking county supervisors across the state to approve their share of raises for court reporters.
Chancery Judge Jim Davidson was before Lowndes County supervisors Monday seeking the raise for court reporters in his six-county district.
The proposal is to phase in $18,000 raises split among the counties in each district over three years.
Court reporters now make $46,000 and haven’t had raises in 12 years.
Chickasaw and Clay counties in Davidson’s district already have approved their share.
Without action, the courts could have a problem down the line.
"In order to attract those qualified people, salaries need to be commensurate with the market," said Davidson. "You know, Ole Miss is not training court reporters anymore, and I think that is going to be a problem for us on down the road attracting qualified court reporters."
Judges note court reporters are required to work long hours at home and after court to meet deadlines.