The Board of Court Reporting provides a complaint procedure that is available to the public. The Board allows individuals to file a complaint after they have exhausted all other remedies, including but not limited to contacting the court reporter, judge or attorney responsible for the particular proceeding. The Board cannot, by law, give legal advice. This procedure was developed to be a disciplinary tool and it does not authorize the Board to make changes to transcripts or expedite the transcript process.
Upon receipt of a complaint, the Board of Court Reporting will review the complaint, and any supporting documentation, on its face. The Board will typically schedule a meeting to determine whether to (1) require the respondent (e.g., the court reporter) to answer the complaint, or (2) dismiss the complaint without further action.
After receiving the respondent’s answer to the complaint, the Board may decide to hold a hearing on the complaint. If a hearing is scheduled, the complainant’s attendance, testimony, and active participation may be required.
Per O.C.G.A. § 15-14-33(c)-(d), among the disciplinary penalties available to the Board of Court Reporting are: the administering of a public or private reprimand; probation, suspension, or revocation of a court reporting license; the establishment of a completion date certain for outstanding transcripts or other care such as, counseling, or treatment the Board may direct; the imposition of a requirement to pass the state certification test; or requirement of monetary adjustment in a fee dispute involving an official court reporter (i.e., a court reporter who reports judicial proceedings in a court). Please keep in mind that the Board of Court Reporting does not address any other remedies outside of O.C.G.A. § 15-14-33(c)-(d) which may be available to you by law.