NCRA Advertising Policy
National Court Reporters Association
Effective November 1993
(Latest Revision March 2011)
A. No advertisement submitted for publication in any NCRA publication may be false, misleading, deceptive, in poor taste or contrary to the purposes and objectives of NCRA. NCRA has the right to refuse advertising from any vendor whose activities are contrary to the purposes and objectives of NCRA or whose activities violate the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics.
B. Although the NCRA certifications and their abbreviations are personal certifications, the phrase “includes RPRs” or “includes Registered Professional Reporters” may be used by a court reporting entity in its advertisements, if a majority of the reporters employed by or independently contracted for by said firm or entity hold said certification. This policy shall equally apply to other NCRA designations.
C. Only designations currently conferred by NCRA, as well as designations for a court reporter that are officially recognized by the state in which the court reporter is licensed to practice, may be used to refer to the services or skills of a court reporter in an advertisement appearing in an NCRA publication. This Advertising Policy is not intended to prohibit or restrict the use of academic degrees or other professional designations unrelated to court reporting skills or services in advertisements appearing in NCRA publications.
D. A reporting firm may advertise its freelance shorthand reporting services in any NCRA publication if a majority of the reporters employed by the firm or with whom the firm contracts for reporting services are members in good standing of NCRA and are actively engaged in shorthand reporting.
E. NCRA will not publish advertisements that indicate a preference in terms of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, pregnancy, marital status, religion, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.
F. A copy of this Advertising Policy and the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics shall be given to each person or entity that submits an advertisement for publication in an NCRA publication. The person or firm submitting the advertisement must (1) certify that such advertisement complies with the above requirements; and (2) agree to provide, upon request, satisfactory proof that the above requirements are satisfied. The person or firm must also agree to be bound by and follow the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics.
G. NCRA retains the right to reject any advertisement submitted for publication in an NCRA publication if, in its judgment, such advertisement does not meet all the requirements specified in this Advertising Policy. or if the activities of the person or firm submitting such advertisement are contrary to the purposes and objectives of NCRA or violate the NCRA Code of Professional Ethics.