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Ar. ROONEY. The next item is for travel expenses, page 119 of the tifications and at page 35 of the committee print. The request is $715,000, exactly the same as the amount allowed in the current
propriation or estimate
Total available for obligation obligated balance, estimated savings
The next item is for “Salaries of court reporters,” page 37 of the committee print and 124 of the justifications. The request is in the amount of $1,113,500, an increase of $125,300 of the amount appropriated for salaries of court reporters in the current fiscal year. At this point we shall insert in the record pages 124, the lower half of 126, and upper half of 127.
(The pages referred to are as follows:)
Statement relating appropriation estimate to current appropriation 1952 appropriation in annual act. Proposed supplemental 1952 due to pay increases
The following table shows a comparison of the cost of permanent and temporary employment for the fiscal years 1951, 1952, and 1953 and the savings effected in 1951:
The appropriation requested for 1953, $1,113,500, is $30,900 more than the amount required for the current year of $1,082,600. The increase represents the difference between the annual cost of adjustments in the salary rates for court reporters authorized by the Judicial Conference of the United States at its regular meeting in September 1951 amounting to $125,300 which will fall in 1953 and the part-year cost of the increases this year totaling $94,400. The total amount requested will provide for employment of an average of 223 reporters in the district courts during the coming year at the higher salaries approved by the Judicia! Conference. This is considered to be the minimum provision that will be requisite to insure adequate reportorial coverage for the courts in 1953. An average of 218 reporters were employed during 1951 but the number of active district judges is now higher than it was last year and it is expected that an even greater number will be serving in 1953.
INCREASE IN SALARIES
Mr. ROONEY. What is the reason for the requested increase?
Mr. CHANDLER. The reason for the requested increase is an increase of salaries authorized by the Judicial Conference for court reporters at its annual meeting in September last. The amount on an annual basis is $125,300. This includes an estimated cost for the current vear of $94,400 and an added sum for 1953 of $30,900.
Mr. ROONEY. Did we have this before us on a previous occasion?
Ir. CHANDLER. No. You have never had this. A year ago there
some reference to the fact that up to that time no general increase
SALARIES OF COURT REPORTERS
Mr. ROONEY. What are the grades of these reporters?
Mr. Rooney. Will you insert in the record at this point a state-
Statement showing present number and salaries of court reporters and ihe number and
salaries proposed by the Judicial Conference of the United States at its meeting in September 1951
Mr. ROONEY. It is not the fact that these reporters receive further remuneration by way of selling the transcript of the testimony before the courts?
Mr. CHANDLER. They do. The statute so provides.
Mr. ROONEY. And do you have any way of furnishing us with a statement as to what that runs into?
Mr. CHANDLER. Yes. We can do that.
STATEMENT OF EARNINGS OF COURT REPORTERS FROM OFFICIAL WORK During
FISCAL YEAR 1951
Earnings from official transcript
有 Over $2,000 to $3,000.
3 Over $3,000 to $4,000
15 Over $4,000 to $5,000. Over $5,000 to $6,000
16 Over $6,000 to $7,000 Over $7,000 to $8,000.
4 Over $8,000 to $9,000 Over $9,000 to $10,000.
1 Over $10,000.
NOTE.-Four reporters showed a loss from official transcripts.
Mr. CHANDLER. To answer your question very shortly, the conference approved this increase in pay as what in its opinion constituted just treatment of the reporters in relation to the four increases in par which had been granted in recent years to other personnel of the courts.
Mr. Rooney. Have they had any increase in recent years in the amount they have been permitted to charge for transcript?
Mr. CHANDLER. Yes.
Mr. ROONEY. Will you insert the facts with regard thereto at this point?
(The information requested is as follows:)
Approved rates for transcripts charged litigants by official reporters !
1 These rates under the statute (28 U.S. C. 753 (1)) are prescribed hy the individual district courts subject to the approval of the Judicial Conference. The district courts of some districts still prescribe rates todos the maximum.
Mr. CHANDLER. The total increase in the salaries of reporters recently authorized by the Judicial conference on an annual basis is $125,300 on a payroll of $988,000. That is a little over 12% percent.
Mr. ROONEY. What Mr. Preston has in mind is to enquire how they may be compared with other Government employees; in arrivnik at that you have to take into consideration the money they get from transcript earnings.
Mr. PRESTON. The work is on that basis?
dge Biggs. Shouldn't there be a deduction for the amount they
THE JUDICIAL CONFERENCE
Mr. ROONEY. The Judicial Conference is like the United Nations. ney decide what we are going to pay and we just get the bill. They ways take action which costs us money. Mr. CHANDLER. Will you permit me to say that the Judicial Conrence in the years when other court employees were receiving pay creases granted po general increases in salary to court reporters.
Mr. Rooney. I don't want you to think 'I am wholly against the udicial Conference. They have done a great deal to make the courts in smoothly and properly but I do say they take up many points and se a lot of time on deliberations which ultimately cost the taxpayers honey. Judge Biggs. They do, of course. That is somewhat inevitable. . Che Conference does take action which does save the taxpayers money. There is the subject of elimination of clerks' offices in cases where the ffices handle less than 50 cases a year. Mr. ROONEY. But that originated with this committee.
Judge Biggs. It originated with this committee. But the Conference followed it up pretty vigorously and followed up the subject very vigorously last year.
Take this subject of additional judges. This year the Senate bill provided 20 new judges.
Mr. ROONEY. I think it was 16.
Judge Biggs. Sixteen were recommended by the Conference. Four were added in the Senate. The business of getting additional judges is not as easy as it would seem. It is hard to get them. My personal view is that that number is insufficient.
TOTAL EARNINGS OF COURT REPORTERS
And this business of the court reporters has been agitated by the court reporters from the time of the passing of the Court Reporters' Act. The original statement provided an upward limit of $6,000 a