New legislation signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom allows the Court Reporters Board (Board) of California to license voice writers to work as certified court reporters. The passage of A.B. 156 now allows the Board to accept license applications from voice writers. The legislation would repeal a previous law that banned the Board from issuing certificates to voice writers. The hope is the new legislation will help alleviate pressure on courts struggling to find certified court reporters, as demand continues to outgrow supply.
The exam information, exam eligibility requirements, and first-time application can be found on the Board’s website at: https://www.courtreportersboard.ca.gov/applicants/index.shtml.
Additional information about A.B. 156 can be found here.