RESOLUTION to Preserve and Promote the Impartiality and Integrity of the Washington Certified Reporter
WHEREAS, Certified Reporters in Washington have maintained the highest standards of conduct when keeping the official record, and have consistently encouraged the Washington Supreme Court, the Washington State Bar Association and other entities to enact policies and procedures in keeping with these high standards; and
WHEREAS, the impartiality of the certified reporter is integral to the record’s integrity and credibility; and
WHEREAS, the integrity and credibility of the official record is vital to our justice system and is the foundation of the public’s trust in our legal process; and
WHEREAS, in order to protect the public, WCRA has voted to pursue legislation incorporating ethical rules and statutes into the Court Reporting Practice Act that require certified reporters to maintain impartiality and independence in their capacity as officers of the court; and
WHEREAS, there is an existing Washington State Court Rule that states no deposition shall be taken before a person who is a relative or employee or attorney or counsel of any of the parties, or is a relative or employee of such attorney or counsel, or is financially interested in the action; and
WHEREAS, there is an existing Washington State Court Rule that states any arrangement concerning court reporting services or fees in a case shall be offered to all parties on equal terms,
Now, therefore, it is RESOLVED that WCRA’s Board of Directors will pursue and support all appropriate measures that inform the public and related legal professions about codified court reporting ethics and directives, and will pursue and support all appropriate measures that preserve and promote the Washington Certified Reporter’s ethical responsibilities to litigants in the State of Washington.