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Business and Professions Code - BPC


  ( Heading of Division 3 added by Stats. 1939, Ch. 30. )

CHAPTER 13. Shorthand Reporters [8000 - 8051]

  ( Chapter 13 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 191. )

ARTICLE 2. Application of Chapter [8015 - 8019]
  ( Article 2 added by Stats. 1953, Ch. 191. )


This chapter is designed to establish and maintain a standard of competency for those engaged in the practice of shorthand reporting, for the protection of the public, in general, and for the protection of all litigants whose rights to personal freedom and property are affected by the competency of shorthand reporters, in particular.

This section shall become operative on June 30, 1996.

(Amended (as amended by Stats. 1986, Ch. 529, Sec. 4) by Stats. 1990, Ch. 505, Sec. 4. Section operative June 30, 1996, by its own provisions.)


No person shall engage in the practice of shorthand reporting as defined in this chapter, unless that person is the holder of a certificate in full force and effect issued by the board. This section does not apply to a salaried, full-time employee of any department or agency of the state who is employed as a hearing reporter.

This section shall apply to all persons who are appointed, on and after January 1, 1983, to the position of official reporter or pro tempore official reporter of any court, as defined in the Government Code.

(Amended by Stats. 1999, Ch. 983, Sec. 9. Effective January 1, 2000.)


(a) The board shall not issue a certificate for the practice of shorthand reporting by means of voice writing or voice recognition technology.

(b) It is the intent of the Legislature to address the issue of appropriate regulation of shorthand reporting by means of voice writing or voice recognition technology.

(Added by Stats. 2019, Ch. 463, Sec. 5. (AB 1520) Effective January 1, 2020.)


The practice of shorthand reporting is defined as the making, by means of written symbols or abbreviations in shorthand or machine shorthand writing, of a verbatim record of any oral court proceeding, deposition, court ordered hearing or arbitration, or proceeding before any grand jury, referee, or court commissioner and the accurate transcription thereof. Nothing in this section shall require the use of a certified shorthand reporter when not otherwise required by law.

(Amended by Stats. 2000, Ch. 1009, Sec. 1. Effective January 1, 2001.)


Any natural person holding a valid certificate as a shorthand reporter, as provided in this chapter, shall be known as a “certified shorthand reporter.” Except as provided in Section 8043, no other person, firm, or corporation may assume or use the title “certified shorthand reporter,” or the abbreviation “C.S.R.,” or use any words or symbols indicating or tending to indicate that he, she, or it is certified under this chapter.

(Amended by Stats. 1997, Ch. 475, Sec. 15. Effective January 1, 1998.)


A violation of any provision of this chapter is a misdemeanor.

Any person who directly or indirectly assists in or abets the violation of, or conspires to aid or abet in the violation of, any provision of this chapter, is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(Amended by Stats. 1982, Ch. 1265, Sec. 6.)

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