How much should I expect to pay for court reporting services?

Expedited Transcripts:

If a transcript is ordered on an expedited or rush basis, the per-page rate can increase by 20 to 100 percent per page depending on the time of the requested delivery. It will be more expensive to order daily delivery of a transcript versus two or three day delivery. If you do need a transcript in a hurry, be sure to inform the court reporting agency as soon as possible so they can make the necessary arrangements.

Exhibit Charges:

Most court reporters will retain any exhibits marked during the deposition and make copies to attach to all transcripts and will usually attach the original exhibits to the original transcript. Copy charges can range from 30 to 50 cents per page for black and white copies to $1 per page or more for color or oversized copies. These rates are set by each court reporting agency and may vary.

Cancellation Fees:

There are certain circumstances where a cancellation fee is appropriate. If a deposition cancels within 24 hours of the scheduled start time, then it is appropriate to receive a charge for the cancellation. This is because the reporter has been scheduled on your deposition and, therefore, does not have the opportunity to be scheduled on a different deposition.

However, if you cancel your deposition before that 24-hour period, most reporting firms will not charge a fee. Often they have not yet assigned a reporter and have time for scheduling as necessary. Ask your reporting firm what their cancellation fee is when you schedule the deposition so you don’t have any surprises.

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