Board of Court Reporting: How the Board supports Georgia’s courts
Since 1974, the Board of Court Reporting (BCR) has worked to improve Georgia’s court reporting standards. Nearly 40 years into its mission, BCR is working to better serve the courts by examining its rules and regulations for relevancy and effectiveness, evaluating continuing education policies, assessing workforce trends in court reporting, and forecasting emerging technology related to reporting and transcription services.
By routine tracking and monitoring of certification and compliance rates, BCR helps ensure that statewide policies are implemented and court reporters meet the expectations of Georgia’s courts and court reporting standards. During the 2013 renewal season, 983 certified court reporters and 97 registered court reporting firms met the April 1 statutory deadline. This is a slight decrease from the 2012 numbers of 1007 certified court reporters and 108 registered court reporting firms.
BCR observed a reduction in the number of Complaints filed since 2011. The three key disciplinary issues for Complaint filings remain constant: (1) transcript backlog and/or failure to obtain a transcript copy within a reasonable time period; (2) accuracy of the transcript; and (3) billing disputes.
The BCR staff continues to focus on communication, technology, and customer satisfaction. We continue our efforts to improve the certification and licensing process and procedures. The Board of Court Reporting’s website provides a searchable directory of court reporters, the fee schedule, license renewal applications, continuing education requirements, code of professional ethics, and the grievance process. Allowing public access to this information supplies transparency to and support from the constituents.
Overall, the Board strives to remain ahead of the issues that impact court operations relating to the verbatim record. It is the Board’s goal to identity short-term and long-term priorities, as well as orchestrate improvements with key areas of the courts that benefit users of the court record in a world of limited resources.