AN ACT to provide for a Stenographer for certain Courts of the State.

Be it enacted by The Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met:

SECTION 1. That there shall be attached to the Superior Court, the Court of Oyer and Terminer and the Court of General Sessions of this State, an additional officer, who shall be a skilled and competent stenographer, whose duty it shall be to attend the sessions of the said court in the several counties of this State, and under the orders and directions of the court to report all evidence, opinions and other matters as the court shall order. He shall be appointed by the court, and subject to be removed at its pleasure, and another appointed in his place.

SECTION 2. Before entering upon his duties he shall be duly sworn as other court officers and shall give bond to the State of Delaware in the penal sum of two thousand dollars to be approved by the court for the faithful discharge of his duties. He shall receive as compensation for his services such sum as may be approved by the court, not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars per annum for taking shorthand notes and copying decisions in said courts, the same to be paid by the State Treasurer in equal quarterly installments.

He shall make and file in the Supreme Court, within sixty days after completion of trial or hearing, complete typewritten transcripts of the proceedings below in all cases appealed to the Supreme Court from the courts mentioned in said act, and shall receive therefor such sum as may be approved by the court, not exceeding ten cents per folio of one hundred words; said latter sum to be approved by the Chief Justice or presiding judge, and paid by the State Treasurer. When two of any of the lower courts mentioned in this act shall be in session at the same time, the court stenographer may designate, with the approval of the court, some suitable and competent stenographer, who shall be sworn as other court officers, to attend one of said sessions and report the proceedings thereof in the same manner and with the same force and effect as if reported by the official court stenographer; said stenographer so deputized shall receive for such work the same proportionate rate of compensation as paid the official stenographer for like work and shall be paid in like manner and his services dispensed with as soon as said reporting shall have been completed.

SECTION 3. That Chapter 253, Volume 19, Laws of Delaware, be and the same is hereby repealed.

Approved June 16, A.D. 1898.