There are two primary types of reporters: official and freelance. Officials are employees of the state and work in the courts. Freelance reporters primarily take depositions for individual attorneys who are conducting discovery in the course of a lawsuit. Regardless of whether the reporter is a freelancer or an official, the reporter's sole purpose is to be an uninterested third party who will provide a verbatim transcript of the proceeding.
Tangible and intangible benefits include:
All members are due to renew membership on February 1 each year. However, there is a month's grace period, so the $10 late fee will not be applied until after March 1.
The North Carolina Industrial Commission requires that each page of the deposition (except the title page) show a header centered at the top of each page which contains the following information: case name, IC file number, and page number. The reporter is also to submit the transcript in either PDF or ASCII (.txt) format to the Deputy Commissioner, along with the sealed original transcript. Even if the transcript is e-mailed to the Deputy Commissioner, they still ask that you submit a CD-ROM as well.
For other information concerning workers' compensation cases, including mailing addresses and phone numbers for the NCIC staff, go to www.ic.nc.gov.
The following excerpts are from a memoradum entitled "Telephonic Oath-giving by NC Notaries".
"Position of the Department
It is the position of the Department of the Secretary of State that a North Carolina notary public must comply with the provisions of G.S. §10B-20(a), in accordance with the definitions in G.S. §10-B(3). A notary may not perform a notarial act if those requirements are not followed. Appearance of a witness by telephone does not comply with the definition of "personal appearance and appear in person before a notary" found in G.S. §10B-3(16); "personal appearance and appear in person before a notary" are defined as "an individual and a notary are in close physical proximity to one another so that they may freely see and communicate with one another and exchange records back and forth during the notarization process" (emphasis added). A notary may not, therefore, perform a notarial act by administering an oath to a person telephonically."
"A WORD OF CAUTION: A notary is committing a CRIME when administering an oath without the person appearing in person before them (G.S. §10B-60(c)(1)). Furthermore, a person who solicits, coerces, or in any material way influences a notary to administer an oath without the person appearing in person before them also commits a crime (G.S. § 10B-60(j))."