National Court Reporting and Captioning Week


WHEREAS, scribes aided our nation’s founding fathers while drafting the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights, and were entrusted by President Lincoln to record the Emancipation Proclamation; and

WHEREAS, today, scribes, commonly called court reporters, play an invaluable role in courtrooms across our country; and

WHEREAS, court reporters are present in Congress, preserving Members’ words and actions; and

WHEREAS, court reporters and captioners are responsible for the closed captioning that scrolls across television screens, at sporting stadiums, and other community and educational settings, bringing information to millions of deaf and hard-of-hearing Americans every day; and

WHEREAS, whether called the scribes of yesterday or the court reporters and captioners of today, the individuals who preserve our nation’s history are making a lasting contribution to our society; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting to recognize the important role scribes play in preserving our history;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize February 14-20, 2016, as NATIONAL COURT REPORTING AND CAPTIONING WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.