(1)It is the duty of each official reporter of the circuit court, justice court or municipal court to attend the court for which the reporter is appointed at such times as the judge or justice of the peace may direct.
(2)A circuit court reporter shall be appointed under a personnel plan established by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Reporters for a justice or municipal court are not subject to this subsection.
(3)A reporter is an officer of the court in which the reporter serves and of any court to which an appeal is made whenever the reporter has recorded the proceedings that are the subject of the appeal.
(4)Upon the trial or hearing of any cause, the judge or justice of the peace upon the motion of the judge or justice of the peace may, and upon the request of either party shall, order a report of the proceedings. The reporter shall, in the manner provided in subsection (5) of this section, make a report of the oral testimony and other proceedings of the trial or hearing to the extent required by the court or by the requesting party.
(5)When a report is required, the reporter shall:
(a)Take accurate notes by shorthand or by means of a mechanical or electronic typing device; or
(b)Make audio records pursuant to policies and procedures established by the State Court Administrator.
(6)The notes or audio records of the official reporter or a reporter providing services under subsection (7) of this section shall be filed in the office of the clerk of the court subject to the provisions of ORS 7.120 (Disposition of exhibits, notes and audio records of circuit court cases) and except as provided in ORS 19.385 (Audio records).
(7)(a) In any circuit court proceeding in which the court uses audio recording or video recording, any party may, with reasonable notice to the trial court, arrange for the reporting of the proceeding by stenographic means. A reporter providing stenographic reporting services under this paragraph shall be certified in shorthand reporting under ORS 8.415 (Definitions for ORS 8.415 to 8.455) to 8.455 (Advisory committee, membership) or by a nationally recognized certification program. The party arranging for reporting of the proceeding by stenographic means must provide the court with the name of the reporter and an address and telephone number where the reporter may be contacted.
(b)If all parties to the proceedings agree, the stenographic reporting of the proceedings by a reporter arranged for by a party may be used by the parties during the proceedings.
(c)If all parties to the proceedings agree, the stenographic reporting of the proceedings by a reporter arranged for by a party is the official record of the proceedings for the purpose of a transcript on appeal. For all other purposes, the official record of the proceedings shall be the record produced by the reporting technique used by the court, unless otherwise ordered by the court.
(d)Unless other parties agree to pay all or part of the cost of the reporter, the party arranging for the reporting of the proceeding by stenographic means under this subsection must pay all costs of the reporter and the cost of providing copies of the transcript to the court. [Amended by 1955 c.497 §2; 1971 c.565 §4; 1975 c.481 §2; 1981 s.s. c.3 §24; 1985 c.496 §9; 1985 c.540 §42; 1989 c.1009 §1; 1995 c.244 §5; 1999 c.682 §9; 2007 c.394 §1]
Law Review Citations
51 OLR 652, 657, 659 (1972)