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Rules Adopted by the Supreme Court

Rules Relating to the State Board of Examiners of Court Reporters

Rule 308
Rules Adopted by the State Board of Examiners of Court Reporters


(a) Notes may be taken by stenographic or voice writing machine. Each applicant shall state the system the applicant uses in taking notes and shall demonstrate that the applicant follows the principles of such system with sufficient accuracy that other persons who use the same system can read the notes readily. Applicants shall be required to write from dictation at speeds of 180 words per minute (medical testimony, two voices), 200 words per minute (solid matter, one voice), and 225 words per minute (ordinary testimony, two voices), and to transcribe therefrom as may be determined by the board. Each dictation segment shall be transcribed at 95% accuracy or better with no more than 45 errors at 180 words per minute, 50 errors at 200 words per minute, and 57 errors at 225 words per minute. Each dictation segment shall be of five minutes' duration. Applicants shall furnish their own equipment and materials.

(b) Applicants shall be examined by written examination with respect to their knowledge of the duties of a court reporter and of general court procedure and legal terminology at 70% accuracy or better.

(c) Speed and accuracy in taking, transcribing and reading notes will be the chief basis of the test, but punctuation, spelling and style of transcribing and general education shall be given due consideration.

(d) Any certificate holder who desires certification in a system of verbatim reporting different than that system in which the reporter has already been certified by the board shall, prior to employing that system in the courts of this state, file with the Clerk of the Appellate Courts an application on a form prescribed by the board, stating the system to which the applicant desires to change and asking permission to take an examination for certification in that system. The application shall be accompanied by a nonrefundable fee of $125. No certificate shall be valid for any system of verbatim reporting other than that for which it is issued.

[History: Am. effective September 5, 1991; Am. effective January 3, 2006.]

See also: Rule 1001 - Electronic and Photographic Media Coverage of Judicial Proceedings