EFFECTIVE JANUARY 1, 2002, ALL COURT REPORTERS WORKING IN THE STATE OF MISSOURI ARE REQUIRED TO BE CERTIFIED PURSUANT TO RSMO Section 14. REPORTERS ARE DESIGNATED AS A CERTIFIED COURT REPORTER (C.C.R.) UPON SUCCESSFULLY PASSING CERTIFICATION TESTING.
RSMO Section 14 was revised and became effective January 1, 2002.
(Link to RSMO Section 14 )
Following is the applicable Supreme Court rule pertaining to mandatory certification: (Freelancers, please note Paragraphs 2, 3 and 4.)
RSMo. 485.077. 1. No judge of any court in this state shall appoint an official court reporter who is not a court reporter certified by the board of certified court reporter examiners, as provided in Supreme Court Rule 14. In the absence of an official court reporter due to illness, physical incapacity, death, dismissal or resignation, a judge may appoint a temporary court reporter, but such temporary court reporter shall not serve more than six months without obtaining a certificate pursuant to the provisions of Supreme Court Rule 14.
2. No testimony taken in this state by deposition shall be given in any court in this state, and no record on appeal from an administrative agency of this state shall include testimony taken in this state by deposition, unless the deposition is prepared and certified by a certified court reporter, except as provided in Supreme Court Rule 57.03(c).
3. Deposition testimony taken outside the state shall be deemed to be in conformity with this section if the testimony was prepared and certified by a court reporter authorized to prepare and certify deposition testimony in the jurisdiction in which the testimony was taken.
4. This section shall not apply to depositions taken in this state in connection with cases not pending in a Missouri state court or administrative agency at the time the deposition was taken.
STATE OF MISSOURI
THE BOARD OF CERTIFIED COURT REPORTER EXAMINERS
UNDER PROVISIONS OF SUPREME COURT RULE 14.03(e)
The Board of Certified Court Reporter Examiners, hereinafter referred to as “the board,” hereby promulgates the following regulations, as directed by Supreme Court Rule 14.03(e), for implementation of the duties assigned herein.
1. Vacancies or newly established positions of official court reporters in courts of record of Missouri shall be filled by persons holding certificates as certified court reporter (C.C.R.) issued by the board of certified court reporter examiners (board).
2. Not later than 30 days prior to the next examination, applicants shall file with the clerk of the Supreme Court a written application in the form prescribed by the board together with a nonrefundable fee of $100.00.
3. Any applicant who fails to pass any or all sections of Part I, the skills examination, or Part II, the general knowledge test, of the examination shall be permitted to take a subsequent examination upon the filing of a new application and a new nonrefundable fee of $100.00 as provided in Regulation 2. The subsequent examination shall include only the sections previously failed by the applicant.
4. Upon request, the clerk of the Supreme Court shall forward to any person application forms, certificate of character forms (when applicable), and copies of Rule 14 and the regulations of the board.
5. Examinations for certification shall be held at least semiannually at times and places to be set by the board.
6. The C.C.R. certificate, once granted by the Board, shall remain in effect upon the payment to the clerk of the Supreme Court of an annual fee of $100.00 on or before January 1 of each succeeding year unless suspended or revoked pursuant to Rule 14.10 or 14.11. 18
7 . On July 1 of each year, all C.C.R. certificates that have not been renewed by the payment of the annual renewal fee shall expire. An expired C.C.R. certificate may be reinstated at any time by payment of all delinquent renewal fees, penalties, and requirements designated in Rule 14.11(c).
8. Persons in good standing holding a C.C.R. certificate who have practiced court reporting for 40 years or more or who have reached the age of 60 years shall be excused from the payment of the annual fee thereafter upon making a written application to the board showing such fact.
9. Each person who is issued a C.C.R. certificate shall be entitled to use the abbreviation “C.C.R.” after their name. Such person shall be entitled to procure and use a seal, similar to seals provided for use of notaries public, upon which shall be engraved the name and C.C.R. number of the reporter and the words “Supreme Court of Missouri – Certified Court Reporter.”
10. No certificate shall be valid for any system of verbatim reporting other than that for which it is issued.
11. Any C.C.R. who desires to employ a different system of verbatim reporting other than that system in which they have already been certified by the board shall become certified in said system pursuant to Rule 14 prior to employing said system.
12. The examination shall be conducted in two parts:
In Part I, each applicant shall satisfy the following accuracy and speed requirements in the system of verbatim reporting for certification is sought:
(a) Five minutes of one-voice dictation at 180 words per minute;
(b) Five minutes of two-voice medical or technical dictation at 200 words per minute; and
(c) Five minutes of two-voice dictation at 225 words per minute.
Each five-minute dictation will include the requisite number of words with each 15-second segment having a 1.4 syllabic density. 19
Applicants will be given a maximum of one hour and 15 minutes to transcribe each section of the dictation. An accuracy of 95 percent or higher is required to pass.
Applicants may employ any stenographic or voisteno system of verbatim reporting by which a record is preserved, the accuracy of which shall be the personal responsibility of the court reporter. No system of direct electrical recording shall be considered a system of verbatim reporting for purposes of these regulations.
Applicants shall be required to furnish the equipment and supplies necessary for the reporting and transcription of dictated matter.
Upon completion of the examination, all verbatim notes or records, including tapes, diskettes or computer discs, transcripts, and other papers in connection with the examination, shall be retained in the custody of the board.
In Part II, each applicant shall be tested in the following subjects:
(a) English, including grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, and spelling;
(b) Medical and legal terminology;
(c) Court and deposition procedures;
(d) Transcript preparation;
(e) Supreme Court rules and statutes concerning court reporter duties; and
(f) Matters of general knowledge.
Applicants will be given one hour in which to complete the general knowledge test, with a minimum score of 80 percent required to pass.
The content and depth of the examination shall be a continuing subject of review and consideration by the board, and changes may be incorporated by means of amendments to these regulations.
13. The board shall maintain a roster, along with pertinent information, of all individuals who have been certified. The board, in its discretion, may publish a list of all C.C.R.s who are in good standing, suspended or revoked, or whose temporary certificates have expired.
[Amended March 23, 2011; effective July 1, 2011.]