On April 17, 1994, the Board of Court Reporting adopted The
Board of Court Reporting Code of Professional Ethics, based on the
National Court Reporters Association Code of Professional Ethics
and the Code of Professional Conduct and Standards of Practice
proposed by the Georgia Certified Court Reporters Association. The
Judicial Council favorably reviewed the amendments to the rules
necessary to implement enforcement in June of 1994.

     The mandatory Code of Professional Ethics defines the ethical
relationship the public, the bench, and the bar have a right to
expect from a reporter.  They set out the conduct of the reporter
when dealing with the user of reporting services and acquaint the
user, as well as the reporter, with guidelines established for
professional behavior.

     The Guidelines for Professional Practice are goals toward
which every reporter should strive.  Reporters are urged to comply
with the Guidelines, which do not exhaust the moral and ethical
considerations with which the reporter should conform, but provide
the framework for the practice of reporting.  Not every situation
a reporter may encounter can be foreseen, but fundamental ethical
principles are always present.

     By complying with the Code of Professional Ethics and
Guidelines for Professional Practice, reporters maintain their
professions at the highest level.


A Georgia Certified Court Reporter Shall:

     A.  Be fair and impartial toward each participant in all     
         aspects of reported proceedings.

     B.  Be alert to situations that are conflicts of interest or
         that may give the appearance of a conflict of interest. 
         If a conflict or a potential conflict arises, the reporter
         shall disclose that conflict or potential conflict.

     C.  Guard against not only the fact but the appearance of    

     D.  Preserve the confidentiality and ensure the security of
         information, oral or written, entrusted to the reporter by
         any of the parties in a proceeding.

     E.  Be truthful and accurate when making public statements or
         when advertising the reporter's qualifications or the    
         services provided.

     F.  Refrain, as an official reporter, from freelance reporting
         activities that interfere with official duties and       

     G.  Determine fees independently, except when established by
         statute, court order, or applicable fee schedules,       
         entering into no unlawful agreements on the fees to any

     H.  Refrain from giving, directly or indirectly, any gift,   
         incentive, reward or anything of value to attorneys,     
         clients, or their representatives or agents, except for
         nominal items that do not exceed $50.00 in the aggregate
         per recipient each year.

     I.  Refrain from reporting in any method other than the method
         in which the reporter is certified.          

     J.  Abide by the Rules and Regulations of the Board of Court


     Common sense and professional courtesy should guide the
reporter in applying the following Guidelines.  At all times the
reporter should maintain the integrity of the reporting profession.

A Georgia Certified Court Reporter Should:

     A.  Accept only those assignments when the reporter's level of
         competence will result in the preparation of an accurate
         transcript. The reporter should withdraw from an assign-
         ment when the reporter believes his/her abilities are    
         inadequate, and should recommend or assign another       
         reporter who has the competence required for such assign-

     B.  Prepare the record in accordance with the transcript   
         format guidelines established by rule, statute, or court

     C.  Notify, whenever possible, the parties engaging the     
         reporter if a substitute reporter, equally qualified, will
         be assigned to report the proceedings.

     D.  Preserve the notes/recordings in accordance with statute,
         court order, or retention schedules, or for a period of no
         less than five (5) years through storage of the original
         paper notes/recordings or an electronic copy of either the
         notes/recordings or the transcript on computer disks,    
         cassettes, backup tape systems, optical or laser disk   
         systems, or other retrieval systems.

     E.  Meet promised delivery dates whenever possible, make    
         timely delivery of transcripts when no date is specified,
         and provide immediate notification of delays.

     F.  Strive to become and remain proficient in the reporter's
         professional skills.

     G.  Keep abreast of current literature, technological advances
         and developments, and participate in continuing-education

     H.  Assist in improving the reporting profession by partici-
         pating in national, state, and local association activi-
         ties that advance the quality and standards of the       
         reporting profession.

     I.  Cooperate with the bench and bar for the improvement of
         the administration of justice.

                                             (Effective 1-1-95)