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Statement of the Colorado Court Reporters Association

 "The situation surrounding the missing Arapahoe County, Colo., transcripts is not only difficult, but tragic for everyone involved.  And it sheds light on serious issues within our court system.

 "We are not familiar with all the details of this specific set of circumstances.  However, we expect all court reporters to provide a complete and accurate record of trial proceedings in a timely fashion to help ensure that every citizen receives the fair trial guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the laws of the state of Colorado.

 "The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) and the Colorado Court Reporters Association (CCRA) strongly believe that licensing and certification are necessary to help ensure that reporters have the skills and training needed for the job.

"A certified court reporter has pursued and earned credentials demonstrating a high level of competency and knowledge coupled with a dedication to professionalism. The court reporter involved in this situation was neither a member of NCRA nor CCRA and was not certified as required by the state.

 "Our hope is that this unfortunate situation can be resolved, that full and accurate transcripts can be provided and that these cases can move forward to a fair conclusion."