Tag: Attorney-Client Privelege

Neutrality and The Attorney's Duty

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

The following is a quick review on the court reporter’s duty to remain neutral and impartial and the attorney’s duty to protect the attorney work product.

We all know that the California Business & Professions Code, California Code of Civil Procedure, and California Code of Regulations all require California court reporters to uphold the strictest standards of professional neutrality and impartiality.

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Court Reporter Neutrality

| by Heather Duncan, Esq.

During a deposition the court reporter is a neutral and impartial Officer of the Court, entrusted with the job of creating a record of every word spoken when the parties are on the record. The court reporter is not an agent of any one party or witness.

California court reporters must always: “Act without bias toward, or prejudice against, any parties or their attorneys and may not do anything that would compromise their impartiality.”  (California Professional Standards of Practice, Section 2475(b)).

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