Contract for Freelance Court Reporting Services

CS-149, 10/14
Contract For Freelance Court Reporting Services
In Judicial Administrative District 1
This contract is made and entered into this day of , 20 by and between
the Director of State Courts Office of the State of Wisconsin (hereinafter referred to as “the
Director’s Office”) and (hereinafter referred to as “the court reporter”) for freelance court
reporting services. Representatives of the Director’s Office for purposes of this contract are the
District Court Administrator or the Manager – Court Reporting Services of the First Judicial
Administrative District of the State of Wisconsin.
Under the terms of this contract the court reporter agrees to complete the assignments made
by the Manager – Court Reporting Services or designee until said assignments are complete,
including any related transcripts, pursuant to applicable statutes and rules. All questions or concerns
regarding assignments should be directed to the Manager – Court Reporting Services or designee
who made the assignment. The court reporter agrees to sign and adhere to the “Assistant Court
Reporter Oath Of Office” and to perform under this contract in accordance with the best professional
standards. On a regular basis throughout the term of this contract the Manager – Court Reporting
Services may review the quality, quantity, rate of progress, timeliness of services, and related
considerations of this contract to ensure proper court administration.
The court reporter will be contacted to perform freelance court reporting services for the First
Judicial District on an as-needed basis. It is understood that the freelance court reporter is not an
employee of the State of Wisconsin. The court reporter shall provide the required equipment to
provide the needed court reporting services.
The court reporter holds the State of Wisconsin
harmless from any personal or other liability for the operations of the court reporter.
Effective November 3, 2014, payment for freelance court reporting services shall be rendered
at a rate of $197 per day and will be increased to $215 per day if the court reporter has received
either National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) certification, National Verbatim Reporters
Association (NVRA) certification, or American Association of Electronic Court Reporters and
Transcribers (AAERT) certified electronic court reporter and transcriber (CERT) certification. To
receive the higher per diem rate the court reporter must submit a copy of the court reporter’s NCRA,
NVRA, or AAERT CERT certification to the Fiscal Office, Director of State Courts’ Office of
Management Services, 110 E. Main Street, Room 430, Madison, WI 53703. This per diem rate
assumes freelance court reporting services will be provided in court on the record by the court
reporter for more than ½ day and will allow for an unpaid lunch break. At the discretion of the
Manager – Court Reporting Services, when an assignment requires court reporting services to be
performed beyond an eight hour per diem for which the court reporter was assigned, the court
reporter will be paid on a straight hourly basis of $24.625 per hour (or $26.875 per hour with
evidence of NCRA, NVRA, or AAERT CERT certification) for services rendered in court on the
record and/or when on-
site availability for a specific court assignment is required.
The court reporter will not be paid for time spent typing transcripts or for time traveling to
and from an assignment. If the court reporter is called and appears for an assignment, and if the
Manager – Court Reporting Services or designee does not have an alternative assignment to offer the
court reporter, the court reporter will be paid for a minimum ½ day work.
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