Questions You Should Ask Before Hiring a Court Reporter
What steps do you take to protect Consumer Privacy?
At Empire Court Reporting, we are routinely in a position where we are reporting sensitive and confidential information, including driver’s license numbers, social security numbers, and protected health information. We want to assure our clients that our court reporting professionals do not divulge or discuss any information obtained during the course of a deposition or legal proceeding.
Many of the transcripts we prepare contain Personal Health Information (PHI) as defined by the Health Insurance Portability Act (HIPAA). Our professional court reporters comply with the safeguards established under HIPAA regarding the dissemination of transcripts containing PHI.
Does the court reporting agency verify validity of a CSR license?
Before hiring a court reporter, Empire Court Reporting verifies that the reporter’s license is valid and in good standing. Simply having a CSR license is insufficient; the individual’s license may have expired or the reporter may have a disciplinary action pending that could impact their right to work. Empire Court Reporting only works with experienced court reporters with a valid CSR license. If you wish to independently verify the status of a court reporter’s license, visit the State of California Consumer Affairs Department website at:
Does the court reporter list their license number on all professional documentation?
Pursuant to California Code of Regulations Section 2406, Certified Shorthand Reporters are required to include their license number on the cover and certificate page of every deposition, court transcript, or transcript of other legal proceedings. The license number is also required on all presentations to the public, including advertisements, solicitations, business cards, stationary, website and telephone listings.