A Few Considerations Regarding Ethical Rules for Court Reporters

1. Objectivity

When one thinks of being objective in a courtroom setting, most would visualize the judge and the jury. Court reporters need to be objective as well, and that includes both how court reporters act and even any potential appearance of lack of objectivity.

2. Conflicts of Interest

Judges are supposed to recuse themselves from cases where conflicts of interest are present. Attorneys are supposed to turn down representation of clients where these same types of conflicts exist. Court reporters are also supposed to disclose any potential conflicts of interest in keeping with the objectivity standard discussed above.

3. Impropriety

While many people may not think about this much, there are several ways in which court reporters can act inappropriately. The Georgia court reporters at Elizabeth Gallo Court Reporting, LLC, make sure to not only act appropriately, but to avoid even giving off the appearance of impropriety in accordance with the standard.

4. Confidentiality

Once again, most people do not think of court reporters when it comes to duties of confidentiality. In a legal setting, most people would think about the attorneys. Court reporters are also supposed to do what’s necessary to protect confidential information in order to preserve the rights and interests of all of the parties to a particular case.

5. Honesty

Honesty is a standard in court reporting that reaches several levels. Obviously, court reporters need to be honest with their transcripts. Court reporting firms also need to be honest about the messages they put out about their services when they are advertising, much like attorneys.

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