The Court Reporters Board of California was established in 1951 by an act of the Legislature. Since its inception, the Board has licensed 14,308 people. Of those, approximately 6,500 have current licenses. In the profession, licensees are known as either “officials” who work in court, or “freelance” who work through court reporting agencies and report mostly depositions.
The Board’s mandate is to protect the consumers of the state. It does that by administering a minimum level competency test to determine entry level abilities as well as regulating the minimum curriculum which court reporting schools and programs must offer, and disciplining licensees when necessary.
In addition, the Board administers the Transcript Reimbursement Fund (TRF) which reimburses CSRs for providing transcripts to indigent civil litigants. All the Board’s activities, including the TRF, are funded from licensing and examination fees. Thus, the Board is considered a “special fund” or self-funded agency, because no tax dollars from the General Fund support the Board.
Mission: The mission of the Court Reporters Board is to protect the public by ensuring the integrity of the judicial record and maintaining the standard of competency through oversight of the court reporting profession.
Vision: Consumers hiring a California licensed court reporter engage the highest quality, most knowledgeable, and ethical professional.
- Consumer Protection: We make effective and informed decisions in the best interest and for the safety of Californians.
- Excellence: We have a passion for quality and strive for continuous improvement of our programs, services, and processes through employee empowerment and professional development.
- Integrity: We are committed to honesty, ethical conduct, and responsibility.
- Service: We are professional and responsive to the needs of our stakeholders.
- Collaboration: We value partnerships. We foster the public’s trust through open communication and work in a cooperative, respectful, and courteous manner.