The recent Executive Order travel ban left many immigrants and refugees stranded at airports or worried that when they arrived, they wouldn?t be allowed to enter the United States through Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix and airports across the country. Immigration lawyers and activists made themselves available to those with questions and even as the ban is sorted out in court, we wonder how current events impact the court reporter demand.
If the instance of immigration and refugee cases increases, court reporters will be in higher demand.
For a city like Phoenix that has the 10th highest population of undocumented immigrants, the travel ban and possible subsequent orders, makes us wonder how many more court reporters we may need to cover immigration or refugee cases. With 250,000 people undocumented, that?s a lot of folks to process through an already busy court system. And that?s just in our city. Let?s not forget border towns and suburbs.
It?s not only a potential challenge for the court system which utilizes digital recording rather than live court reporters, but it?s a problem for the court reporting industry.
Even when proceedings are recorded, someone has to create the transcript.
Let?s say the courts could process 250,000 cases, which is unlikely unless legal teams and judges work around the clock for months, there is still a court reporter shortage happening across the nation, not just in Arizona. Even if we were able to send work to remote reporters or bring in freelance reporters from other states, the cost could be astronomical. That?s assuming they?re available and not covering immigration cases in their home state.
While it seems, at least for now, the travel ban issue has resolved itself in higher courts, there are other events that impact court reporter demand.
The court reporting industry is driven in part by the insurance industry. According to Ducker Worldwide, the better the economy, the more legal activity and therefore the higher the court reporter demand. If the economy continues on an upward trajectory, we will likely see a growing need for reporters. Couple that with the rain storms in California and an extended winter in the eastern United States, and you?ve got the perfect storm of increased insurance claims, court cases related to property damage, and higher demand for reporters.
For those that think court reporting is a dying profession, we?re here to tell you it?s a growing field in need of trained professionals before there?s a crisis in the courts. Interested in learning more? We?d love to talk to you.