Courts and Civil Procedure–Courts

Court Secretaries, Court Reporters, and Electronic Court Reporters


§ 8-5-5 Reports of superior, family and district court and traffic tribunal.

Court reporters shall report stenographically or electronic court reporters or similar recording personnel shall report electronically the proceedings in the trial of every action or proceeding, civil or criminal, in the superior court, family court, district court and traffic tribunal. Each court reporter or electronic court reporter or similar recording personnel shall also, upon the order of any justice of the court, transcribe or otherwise reproduce his or her report to be filed with the papers in the case. He or she shall also make a transcript of or otherwise reproduce the whole or any part of the report upon the written request, filed with the clerk, by either party to the action or proceeding, and when completed and within the time limited by the court for filing the transcript, shall immediately deliver the transcript to the party ordering it, or to the attorney of record of the party, and in the case of transcription by court reporters for such service shall be paid a reasonable compensation, not less than five dollars ($5.00) and not exceeding three dollars ($3.00) per page for originals and one dollar and fifty cents ($1.50) per page for copies thereof, to be allowed by the court; and, in case the transcript is used in subsequent proceedings in the cause, the cost of the transcript may be allowed as a part of the costs. In the case of electronic court recordings the person making the recordings or another person so designated by the court may be requested or ordered, in lieu of making a transcript, to reproduce the recording and certify its authenticity, and in such case each party requesting the reproduction shall pay to the court the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) per cassette.

History of Section.
(C.P.A. 1905, § 71; G.L. 1909, ch. 278, § 3; P.L. 1909, ch. 421, § 1; P.L. 1916, ch. 1402, § 1; P.L. 1920, ch. 1895, § 1; P.L. 1921, ch. 2041, § 1; P.L. 1921, ch. 2086, § 5; P.L. 1922, ch. 2164, § 1; G.L. 1923, ch. 328, § 4; G.L. 1938, ch. 503, § 4; P.L. 1956, ch. 3763, § 1; G.L. 1956, § 8-5-5; P.L. 1966, ch. 1, § 3; P.L. 1972, ch. 29, § 1; P.L. 1979, ch. 320, § 1; P.L. 1985, ch. 174, § 1; P.L. 1990, ch. 206, § 2; P.L. 1995, ch. 95, § 1; P.L. 1999, ch. 218, art. 5, § 4; P.L. 1999, ch. 473, § 2.)