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Frequently Asked Questions

What you need to know

New Hampshire has a mandatory LCR (Licensed Court Reporter) law (RSA 310-A:161-181). You MUST be bonded and issued a LCR certificate through the Board of Court Reporters to practice court reporting.

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How do I get licensed?

Contact the Office of Professional Licensure and Certification in Concord, NH for an application to become a NH LCR. Website: http://www.oplc.nh.gov

The contact information is:

Linda Balich License Clerk at:
Linda.Balich@nh.gov


NH Board of Court Reporters
121 South Fruit Street
Concord NH 03301
603-271-2219
603-271-6990 (fax)

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How do I get bonded?

One must obtain a court reporter insurance bond to present to the Board of Court Reporters BEFORE a license can be issued. Check out the Business Listings for information about a Court Reporter bond.

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Do I have to take a test?

You must hold one of the following titles: Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), from the National Court Reporters Association; or Certified Voice Reporter (CVR), from the National Verbatim Reporters Association. Please contact the appropriate Association for test information and requirements.

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What if I have my RPR or CVR?

You will need to file an application for licensure to the Joint Board of Licensure and Certification and meet the requirements of RSA 310-A:161-181.

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What about swearing in deponents and witnesses?

310-A:181 Limited Notarial Function. Any licensee under this subdivision may be permitted, in the performance of his or her court reporting duties, to place any person under oath without the separate requirement of being designated a notary public, justice of the peace, or commissioner of deeds, as specified in RSA 455.

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What about Continuing Education?

310-A:178 Continuing Education Required. Any person holding a license shall be required to be in compliance with the continuing education requirements of the National Court Reporters Association or the National Verbatim Reporters Association depending on their method of court reporting as specified in RSA 310-A:162. Each person shall be responsible for maintaining evidence of his or her continuing education units and shall submit such evidence of continuing education units to the board annually upon renewal of their license.

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Other laws affecting court reporting in New Hampshire

Effective January 1, 2001, New Hampshire passed what is commonly known as anti-contracting legislation.

This important legislation reads as follows:

RSA 517:3 Disqualifications. No person shall write the testimony of a witness, record the testimony of a witness, or act as magistrate in taking the same, if:

Such person is a party to the action;

Such person is a relative, employee, or attorney of a party to the action;

Such person has a financial interest in the action or its outcome;

Such person has entered into an arrangement with a person or entity which has a financial interest in the action or its outcome, where the arrangement purports to create a relationship in which the person transcribing the deposition or recording the deposition will be providing exclusive deposition transcribing or deposition recording services for the interested person or entity; or

Such person is employed by or is an independent contractor working for a person or entity which has entered into an arrangement with a person or entity which has a financial interest in the action or its outcome, where the arrangement purports to create a relationship in which the person's employer will be providing exclusive deposition transcribing or deposition recording services for the interested person or entity.

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Nancy Theroux

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Camille Palladino-Duffy

 

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