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Court reporter shortage impacts Quad-Cities courtrooms

Linda Odgen has been a court reporter her entire career. Despite retiring from her official post in 2014, she still works almost full-time and makes comparable money freelancing due to an ongoing, nationwide court reporter shortages. “I would say it was not my intention,” to work so frequently as a freelance court reporter, Ogden said. […]


It’s about the importance of the case in our view, we may discuss the case with the respective client, and we may allow the respective lawyers to provide their opinion on argued cases. This is an important task. Both over and under-performance of the lawyers can lead to bad laws that will affect the entire society and those who come after them. We must be able to have a critical view of such important and consequential performances and roles in our society.