Court Reporting Policies, Fee Schedule Approved by Judicial Council

Revised policies and fee schedule for court reporting services in criminal cases were adopted by the Judicial Counil at its September meeting. The Council’s action largely concludes a three-year effort to detail guidelines and best practices to assist judges and county governing authorities accurately and cost effectively preserve records of court proceedings.   
 
The Judicial Council defines and regulates the practice of court reporting in state trial courts. Production of the official court record is an essential business process contributing to court users’ access to and fairness in Georgia courts, and each court has the responsibility to manage that process.  The revised policies address the need to maintain business continuity of court proceedings, modern technology to encourage efficiency, and accountability for costs to county governments.
 
The Council adopted an update to the Official Court Reporters’ Fee Schedule which prescribes rates payable to non-salaried court reporters for court attendance, specialized services, and transcript production. The new schedule will apply to court cases filed after January 1, 2015.

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