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Royal Courts Of Justice (Shorthand Writers)

Volume 344: debated on Wednesday 1 March 1939

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asked the Attorney-General for what reason, by whom and under what authority the Association of Official Shorthand Writers, Limited, have recently been granted the sole rights to take shorthand notes in witness actions in the Royal Courts of Justice?

The reasons for the arrangement which has been made with the Association of Official Shorthand Writers for the taking of an official shorthand note in certain cases in the Supreme Court are stated fully in the report of a committee presided over by Mr. Justice Atkinson (Cmd, 5395), which was presented to Parliament in March, 1937, to which I would refer the hon. Gentleman. The arrangement has been entered into on the instructions of the Lord Chancellor with the consent of the Treasury.