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Professional Conduct

The mandatory Code of Professional Ethics defines the ethical relationship the public, the bench, and the bar have a right to expect from a reporter. They set out the conduct of the reporter when dealing with the user of reporting services and acquaint the user, as well as the reporter, with guidelines established for professional behavior.

The Guidelines for Professional Practice are goals toward which every reporter should strive. Reporters are urged to comply with the Guidelines, which do not exhaust the moral and ethical considerations with which the reporter should conform, but provide the framework for the practice of reporting. Not every situation a reporter may encounter can be foreseen, but fundamental ethical principles are always present.

By complying with the Code of Professional Ethics and Guidelines for Professional Practice, reporters maintain their profession at the highest level.

 

A Georgia Certified Court Reporter shall:

  • Be fair and impartial toward each participant in all aspects of reported proceedings.
  • Be alert to situations that are conflicts of interest or that may give the appearance of a conflict of interest. If a conflict or a potential conflict arises, the reporter shall disclose that conflict or potential conflict.
  • Guard against not only the fact but the appearance of impropriety.
  • Preserve the confidentiality and ensure the security of information, oral or written, entrusted to the reporter by any of the parties in a proceeding.
  • Be truthful and accurate when making public statements or when advertising the reporter's qualifications or the services provided.
  • Refrain, as an official reporter, from freelance reporting activities that interfere with official duties and obligations.
  • Determine fees independently, except when established by statute, court order, or applicable fee schedules, entering into no unlawful agreements on the fees to any user.
  • Refrain from giving, directly or indirectly, any gift, incentive, reward or anything of value to attorneys, clients, or their representatives or agents, except for nominal items that do not exceed $50.00 in the aggregate per recipient each year.
  • Refrain from reporting in any method other than the method in which the reporter is certified.
  • Abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Court Reporting.

Disclosure:  Each court reporter shall tender a disclosure form at the time of taking a deposition stating the arrangements made for the reporting services of the certificate court reporter or the court reporter’s employer, and the referral source for the deposition if there is a referral, with any party to the litigation, counsel to the parties or other entity. Such form shall be attached to the deposition transcript.