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Advisory Opinions

COPE - Advisory Opinions

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

    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. Going On and Off the Record

    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 Rescinded 2005 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 Rescinded in 2013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 Rescinded in 2013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 Rescinded 2005; See Advisory Opinion 45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 Rescinded in 2013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. Timely Delivery of Transcript

    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

























    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. Rescinded 2014; See Advisory Opinion No. 19

    41. Rescinded 2006 

    42. Combined with No. 6

    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

    47. Inclusion into the Transcript of Comments Picked up by Videotape but not Heard by Reporter