Judicial Council Adopts Court Reporting Policies, Fee Schedule

Atlanta, GA — The Judicial Council of Georgia, chaired by Chief Justice Hugh P. Thompson, met in Atlanta on September 25, 2014, to finalize revised policies and fees for court reporting services in criminal cases. 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 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.

 

The 26-member Judicial Council of Georgia meets several times a year to act on policy and administrative matters of the judiciary. Judges of the appellate and trial courts at all levels are represented on the Council.