(705 ILCS 70/5)
(from Ch. 37, par. 655)
Means of reporting; transcripts.
The court reporter shall make a full reporting by means of stenographic
hand or machine notes, or a combination thereof, of the evidence and such
other proceedings in trials and judicial proceedings to which he is
assigned by the chief judge, and the court reporter may use an electronic
instrument as a supplementary device. In the event that the court
utilizes an audio or video recording system to record the proceedings, a
court reporter shall be in charge of such system; however, the appointment
of a court reporter to be in charge of an audio or video recording system
shall not be required where such system is the judge's personal property or
has been supplied by a party or such party's attorney. To the extent that
it does not substantially interfere with the court reporter's other official duties,
the judge to whom, or a judge of the division to which, a reporter is
assigned may assign a reporter to secretarial or clerical duties arising
out of official court operations.
Unless and until otherwise provided in a Uniform Schedule
of Charges which may hereafter be provided by rule or order of the employer
representative, a court reporter may charge not to exceed 25¢ per 100 words for
making transcripts of his notes. The fees for making transcripts shall be
paid in the first instance by the party in whose behalf such transcript is
ordered and shall be taxed in the suit.
The transcripts shall be filed and remain with the papers of the case.
When the judge trying the case shall, of his own motion, order a transcript
of the court reporter's notes, the judge may direct the payment of the
charges therefor, and the taxation of the charges as costs in such manner
as to him may seem just. Provided, that the charges for making but one
transcript shall be taxed as costs and the party first ordering the
transcript shall have preference unless it shall be otherwise ordered by
The change made to this Section by this amendatory Act of 1987 is
intended to apply retroactively from and after January 1, 1987.
(Source: P.A. 94-98, eff. 7-1-05.)