Texas Court Reporters Certification Board:
An Inventory of Court Reporters Certification Board Minutes at the Texas State Archives, 1977-2011
The Texas Court Reporters Certification Board was created in 1977 (Senate Bill 586, 65th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to recommend to the Supreme Court of Texas those persons who should be certified to practice court reporting (written shorthand, machine shorthand, oral stenography, or any other method authorized by the Supreme Court) for use in litigation in Texas courts. The board examines applicants to determine their qualifications, collects fees for certification and recertification, and disciplines certified reporters when necessary (through reprimands, suspension, or revocation of certification).
The agency was initially named the Texas Certified Shorthand Reporter Committee, then after only a month became the Texas Court Reporters Committee. The current name was adopted in 1983.
The Texas Court Reporters Certification Board consists of twelve members appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas for overlapping six-year terms. It includes one active district judge (who serves as chair of the board), two active attorneys licensed in Texas, three active official court reporters, three active freelance court reporters, and three members of the general public.
Prior to 1977, a statute from 1925 required that an official court reporter be appointed by a district judge and examined by three attorneys. The 1925 Act set out brief writing requirements that the individual must have met before receiving a certificate.
(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the agency web site (http://www.crcb.state.tx.us/), accessed April 2012; and the enabling legislation, 1977.)
The Texas Court Reporters Certification Board recommends to the Supreme Court of Texas those persons who should be certified to practice court reporting (written shorthand, machine shorthand, oral stenography, or any other method authorized by the Supreme Court) for use in litigation in Texas courts. Minutes of the board, 1977-2011, document in a summary but thorough fashion the actions taken by the board at its meetings.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
(Identify the item), Texas Court Reporters Certification Board minutes. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession numbers: 2002/170, 2004/201, 2006/109, 2007/116, 2011/053, 2011/215, 2012/020
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on August 8, 2002; July 15, 2004; December 20, 2005; March 9, 2007; and September 14, 2010; and by the Texas Court Reporters Certification Board on February 8, 2011 and October 19, 2011.
Description and inventory by Tony Black, January 2006, May 2007
New accession added and editing of description by Rebecca Romanchuk, April 2012
The Texas Court Reporters Certification Board has mounted recent agenda for board and committee meetings, and minutes of board meetings (the latter in PDF format) on the agency web site (http://www.crcb.state.tx.us/meetings.asp).
The record copies of minutes and agenda are maintained by the Texas Court Reporters Certification Board at the Office of Court Administration.
Detailed Description of the Records