Texas Apprentice Court Reporter

Synopsis of Presentation By Janice Eidd-Meadows

Janice Eidd-Meadows, CSR, Texas Director of Reporter Relations/Compliance Operations for Lexitas, and a member of the JBCC Advisory Board for the Supreme Court of Texas, spoke to our court reporting students on November 19, 2019. She discussed the opportunities for employment and training with Lexitas and explained the new licenses that will be offered by the JBCC.

1. Apprenticeship license.

  1. Must have passed the CSR written exam.
  2. Must have been fingerprinted.
  3. Must pass at least one leg of the Texas CSR exam.
  4. Must have a sponsor who is a Texas CSR in good standing.

Anyone who meets the requirements outlined above will be eligible to apply for an apprenticeship license. The apprentice reporter will be allowed to take depositions (excluding medical, technical, or expert testimony). The apprentice reporter’s transcripts must be reviewed and approved by the sponsor. The apprentice reporter will be paid, but the rate of pay has not been determined yet since the sponsor will also have to be paid. The apprenticeship license will be effective for a period of two to three years. This has not yet been determined. The apprentice reporter will continue to take the Texas CSR exam until he/she passes all three legs at one testing and qualifies as a Texas CSR, at which time, the apprenticeship license will be replaced with a CSR license. The above requirements are retroactive to the October 2019 test.

2. Provisional License.

  1. Must be licensed in the state where the reporter has been reporting and must have worked as a reporter for three of the past five years.
  2. Must pass the Texas CSR written exam.
  3. Must be fingerprinted.

The provisional reporter can work in Texas until he/she passes the Texas CSR skills exam. The term of the provisional license will probably be two years.

3. Endorsement.

  1. Must be licensed in a state recognized by Texas as having substantially equivalent testing requirements. At this time, there are nine states that fit into that category.
  2. Must have worked in their state as a reporter for three of the past five years.
  3. Must pass the Texas CSR written exam.
  4. Must be fingerprinted.

The reporter receiving an endorsement may work in Texas immediately. However, if the reporter received his/her license in a state that permits the CSR to be passed in legs and the reporter passed the exam in legs, the reporter will have to take the Texas CSR skills exam and pass all three legs at one test. The endorsement will probably be effective for two years.

4. Reciprocity.

  1. If Texas is able to enter into reciprocity agreements with any other state, then reporters from Texas would be allowed to work in that state and reporters from that state would be allowed to work in Texas.

Janice doubts that Texas will be able to enter into reciprocity agreements with any other states. Texas has tried for several years to enter into a reciprocity agreement with California, but California has been unwilling to do so.

There is a meeting of the committee on Friday, November 22,2019, and another one in December. The committee will hopefully be able to finalize its recommendations for the above new licenses. Then they have to be posted for review and approved by the entire JBCC board. The final step is approval by the Supreme court of Texas. Janice pointed out that the statutes have already passed, so it is just a matter of receiving all the proper approvals to the finalized proposals and implementing the new licenses.

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