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Judicial Administration > Court Reporter Plans > Current Policy for Court Reporter Fees and Local Rules Current Policy for Court Reporter Fees and Local Rules

On March 29, 2001 the Supreme Court took all requests for amendments to local rules passed pursuant to Administrative Rule 15 under advisement. At the same time, the Court sought guidance about the proposed changes from a variety of sources, including the Indiana Bar Association, the Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, the Indiana Association of Counties, and any other interested individuals or groups. The Court also requested documentation from the trial court judges relating to this issue.

After reviewing this input, including the suggestion that a uniform statewide rate be implemented, the Supreme Court decided to continue to allow the per page fee to be determined by the local market, within certain parameters. The Court issued a memorandum to the Division of State Court Administration outlining the guidelines by which the Division was to review requested changes to the local court reporter rules. These guidelines are still in effect today:

  1. Rate increases of up to $0.50 per page of any existing page rate are justifiable based upon the increased work product obligations;
  2. A minimum fee up to $35.00 per transcript is permissible;
  3. Index and table of contents pages should be charged at the same per page rate as the rest of the transcript;
  4. An additional labor charge approximating the rate at which the court reporter is paid by the court may be charged for the time spent binding the transcript and exhibit binders;
  5. A reasonable charge for the supplies required for binding and electronic transmission of the Transcript is permissible, with the costs for these supplies to be determined annually by the judge or judges of the county.

The Division was further instructed to prepare orders approving those local rules meeting the established guidelines and to send an advisory letter outlining the guidelines to those courts not in compliance. This practice continues today.