Parish Court Reporter Retires After More than Four Decades of Service

Lela Griffin, certainly one of the longest serving employees in the Bienville Parish Courthouse, has retired.  She began working as a court reporter on March of 1976, and in her tenure, worked for eleven judges in the 2nd Judicial District.  For the first three years, Ms. Lela worked on a rotation where she spent a week in Arcadia and a week in Homer for Claiborne parish.

Her tenure as court reporter began in an era when the audio from court proceedings was recorded, or cut, directly onto records.  Ms. Lela described the equipment as being a double decker record player that recorded onto records.  Once there was no space left on one record, the machine began recording on the second record and Ms. Lela replaced the full record with an new one.  Soon after Ms. Lela began working at the courthouse, they switched over to a Sony cassette recording system.

On Friday, July 26, the Judge’s Office held a retirement party in the courthouse atrium for Ms. Lela.  The large turnout was comprised of people she worked with from the 1970s to the present day.

Happy Retirement, Ms. Lela!!!

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