Ft. Washington, MD asked in Civil Litigation for Maryland

Q: Do the court provides an Oath taker and Court Reporter that is certified with the courts?

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Mark Oakley
Mark Oakley
  • Rockville, MD
  • Licensed in Maryland

A: In proceedings like trials and merits hearings where testimony is being taken by the litigants or witnesses, all persons testifying are sworn under oath by the clerk seated to the side of the judge prior to testifying. Court reporters have been replaced with electronic recordings using sensitive microphones at each litigant's table, the witness stand and the judge's bench, so all prceedings before the court in a case are recorded. Any person may request a typed transcript of recorded proceedings from the court, and then an official court reporter listens to the recordings and types up the transcript, and certifies the transcript as accurate under oath before providing the transcript to the requesting party. An official copy of any requested transcript is also filed with the court. If you want a live court reporter present in court for a particular proceeding, you must request it well in advance of the trial or hearing. Other than for official proceedings in court, or for receiving a commission bestowed upon someone by the court clerk or other court staff--such as a Notary Public commission-- the court does not provide its staff for general oath taking purposes.

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