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Advisory Opinions

COPE - Advisory Opinions

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To request an advisory opinion, please e-mail Mona Savino, NCRA Ethics Counsel.

Advisory Opinion Procedures

Any Member in good standing may submit to the Committee on Professional Ethics a request for an Advisory Opinion.

Advisory Opinions shall consist of (1) Private Advisory Opinions and (2) Public Advisory Opinions.

  1. Private Advisory Opinions
    1. A Private Advisory Opinion may be requested in lieu of proceeding with a complaint, as provided in Section A(3) of the Complaint Procedures, or by persons who seek guidance as to whether certain actions or conduct are permitted under the Code of Professional Ethics.
    2. The Committee shall keep confidential the identity of the person or persons making the request and the identity of those names in the request, unless otherwise directed by the Board of Directors.
    3. The Committee's response to requests for Private Advisory Opinions shall be within the limitations of the information received by the Committee.  Additional information may be requested by the Committee, if needed.
  2. Public Advisory Opinions
    1. The Committee may from time to time recommend publication of Public Advisory Opinions which illuminate one or more of the provisions of the Code of Professional Ethics.  These opinions may be based on facts derived from requested Private Advisory Opinions, deleting reference to names or places, or on an assumed state of facts.
  3. Review
    1. The Board of Directors may review any Private or Public Advisory Opinion on its own motion and adopt, modify, or reject it in whole or in part.

    Advisory Opinion Index

      1. Filing extension on appeal to accept freelance assignments

      2. Reporter's relationship to litigants

      3. Reporting for a spouse's law firm

      4. Altering the official record

      5. Failing to pay a substitute reporter

      6. "Off the record" must be agreed to

      7. Rescinded 2005 

      8. Selling transcript copies from a private meeting

      9. Selling the transcript to third parties/When is a deposition a public record

      10. Agency transcribing depositions taken by reporters no longer with the firm

      11. Rescinded in 2013

      12. Rescinded in 2013

      13. Rescinded 2005 See Advisory Opinion 45

      14. Rescinded in 2013

      15. Determining the order of transcript delivery and/or Submitting transcripts to third parties to distribute

      16. Combined with No. 15

      17. Using contingent fee arrangements

      18. Rescinded in 2000

      19. Certification of Hard Copy and Electronic Transcripts and Electronic Transmission of Transcripts

      20. Delivering an ASCII file of a transcript to a third party to distribute

      21. Rescinded in 2013 

      22. Providing excerpted portions of the testimony

      23. Preparing "off the record" comments

      24.Providing attorney names/addresses of certain deposition transcripts to third parties

























      25. Releasing steno notes to third parties

      26. Selling transcript copies of an open or public meeting

      27. Rescinded 2009 See Advisory Opinion 45

      28. Transcribing against the wishes of counsel

      29. Responsibility of Agency Owners for the Competence and Ethical Conduct of Member and non-Member Reporters Whom They Hire

      30. Rescinded 2014

      31. Reporter's Description on the record of Nonverbal Communications, Events, or Gestures

      32. Preparation of deposition summaries

      33. Combined with No. 10

      34. Certifying a transcript from a source other than directly from the reporter

      35. Providing the official transcript of a proceeding to the hiring party

      36. Reporting a deposition where the witness is appearing by telephone

      37. Combined with No. 19

      38. Attorney Requests a Copy of a Reporter's Backup Audio Media

      39. Holding a Transcript Hostage

      40. Authorizing Others to Sign Transcripts

      41. Rescinded 2006 

      42. When does the reporter go on the record?

      43. Providing Trial Presentation Services

      44. Should a Court Reporter Act as Both The Verbatim Reporter and the Videographer for the Same Proceeding

      45. Guidance on Gift Giving Rules

      46. Further Guidance on Gift Giving