Court Reporting In Indiana
Indiana Requirements for Court Reporters
At the present time, there are no certification or licensure requirements to be a court reporter in Indiana.
Many courts in Indiana do require the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification for employment. There are some courts that will only hire realtime reporters who have their Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) certification. Some courts in Indiana only utilize electronic recording.
Freelance agencies in Indiana have their own certification requirements for their reporters.
Reporting for Courts in Indiana
There are two primary levels of Indiana state courts: trial courts and appellate courts. The Supreme Court of Indiana, the Court of Appeals of Indiana, and the Indiana Tax Court are appellate-level courts. For the most part, appellate courts only handle cases that have already been decided in a trial court. The person who lost at trial wants the appellate-level court to reconsider the case because they wish to challenge the outcome.
In Indiana, there are three different kinds of trial courts: circuit courts, superior courts, and local city or town courts. Though these courts have different names, the trial courts are actually more alike than they are different. Trial courts have different names primarily due to accidents of legislative history and local custom, not true differences in the nature or purpose of the courts. The cases these courts hear can vary tremendously from county to county.
Freelance Reporting in Indiana
Indiana is NOT an automatic order state and transcripts are not automatically filed by the court reporter.
At the current time, the protocol in Indiana is to charge an hourly rate (since not all transcripts are ordered) with a 1.5 hour minimum, an original page rate, if ordered, and copy page rate, if ordered.
There are many independent contract reporters and several freelance agencies in Indiana. The reporter expectations differ from agency to agency. Some agencies require certification even though Indiana is not a certification state.
Most agencies in Indiana hire reporters as independent contractors and do not require the reporter to be at the office on a full-time or an on-call basis. The rate of commission usually varies by whether you are a new reporter versus a seasoned reporter and whether you are certified or not certified. The commission rate in Indiana varies.
Indiana does have a provision regarding the prohibition of contracting. For more information, please click here.
To be a freelance reporter in the state of Indiana, you must be a Notary Public of Indiana in order to administer an oath to a witness. To be a notary, you must reside in the state of Indiana. Beginning July 2021, a notary must complete and educational course through the State of Indiana to obtain or renew a notary commission.