What are a lawyer’s responsibilities regarding payment of service providers (court reporters, surveyors, mediators, etc.) in connection with a case?
Answer: The Court has held that failure to pay a court reporter's fee in a timely fashion is a violation of Rule 8.4(e); Conduct Prejudicial to the Administration of Justice. In re Thornton, 342 S.C. 440, 538 S.E.2d 4 (2000). Payment of other persons providing services in furtherance of an attorney's request is analogous.
If, however, the court orders services to be performed, the attorney should look to the court for assistance in determining the proper procedure for rendering payment.