Key Points of Virginia’s New Law
Who does this new law apply to?
“1. A court reporter or court reporting services provider, whether or not based in the Commonwealth, in connection with a legal proceeding that is commenced or maintained in the Commonwealth; or
“2. A court reporter or court reporting services provider based in the Commonwealth in connection with a legal proceeding that is commenced or maintained in a foreign jurisdiction.
“B. The provisions of this chapter shall not be waived or otherwise modified. Any waiver or modification is contrary to public policy and is void and unenforceable.”
Code of Virginia, 17.1-1001(A) and (B)
A court reporter or court reporting services provider shall not:
“Allow the format, content, or body of a certified transcript as submitted by the court reporter to be manipulated in a manner that increases the cost of the transcript.”
“Provide additional advocacy or litigation support services, including trial preparation assistance, deposition summaries, and nonpublished transcript databases.”
Code of Virginia, 17.1-1002(A)
“Notwithstanding subsection A, if authorized or required by law, ordinance, or rule, a governmental entity may obtain court reporting services on a long-term basis through competitive bidding.”
Code of Virginia, 17.1-1002(B)
Code of Virginia, 17.1-1003
Pro bono services
Code of Virginia, 17.1-1004
Code of Virginia, 17.1-1005(A)