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Nevada Revised Statutes and NCRA Code of Ethics
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NRS 656.010 Short title.
This chapter is known and may be cited as the Nevada Certified Court Reporters\' Law.
NRS 656.020 Legislative declaration.
1. It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Legislature to:
(a) encourage proficiency in the practice of court reporting as a profession;
(b) promote efficiency in court and general reporting; and
(c) extend to the courts and public the protection afforded by a standardized profession by establishing a standard of competency for those engaged in it.
2. The practice of court reporting in the state of Nevada is declared to affect the public health, safety and welfare, and is subject to regulation and control in the public interest.
NRS 656.030 Definitions.
As used in this chapter, unless the context otherwise requires:
1. \"Board\" means the Certified Court Reporters\' Board of Nevada.
2. \"Certificate\" means a certified court reporter\'s certificate issued under the provisions of this chapter.
3. \"Certified court reporter\" or \"court reporter\" means a person who is technically qualified and registered under this chapter to practice court reporting.
4. \"Court reporting firm\" means a person who, for compensation, provides or arranges for the services of a court reporter or provides referral services for court reporters in this state.
5. \"Designated representative of a court reporting firm\" means the person designated to act as the representative of a court reporting firm pursuant to NRS 656.186.
6. \"Distance education program\" means a program that offers instruction which is delivered by the Internet in such a manner that the person supervising or providing the instruction and the person receiving the instruction are separated geographically for a majority of the time during which the instruction is delivered.
7. \"License\" means a license issued under the provisions of this chapter to conduct business as a court reporting firm.
8. \"Licensee\" means a person to whom a license has been issued.
9. \"Practice of court reporting\" means reporting, in this state, by the use of voice writing or any system of manual or mechanical shorthand writing:
(a) grand jury proceedings;
(b) court proceedings, with the exception of proceedings before a federal court;
(c) pretrial examinations, depositions, motions and related proceedings of like character; or
(d) proceedings of any agency if the final decision of the agency with reference thereto is subject to judicial review.
10. \"Stenographic notes\" means:
(a) the original manually or mechanically produced notes in shorthand or shorthand writing taken by a court reporter while in attendance at a proceeding to report the proceeding; or
(b) the record produced by the use of voice writing by a court reporter while in attendance at a proceeding.
11. \"Voice writing\" means the making of a verbatim record of a proceeding by repeating the words of the speaker into a device that is capable of:
(a) digitally translating the words into text; or
(b) making a tape or digital recording of those words.
The term includes, without limitation, stenomasking, verbatim reporting, and other similar titles.
CERTIFIED COURT REPORTERS\' BOARD OF NEVADA
NRS 656.040 Creation. The Certified Court Reporters\' Board of Nevada, consisting of five members, is hereby created.
NRS 656.050 Appointment and qualifications of members.
The members of the board must be appointed by the governor as follows:
1. One member of the board must be an active member of the State Bar of Nevada.
2. Three members of the board must be holders of certificates and must have been actively engaged as court reporters within this state for at least 5 years immediately preceding their appointment.
3. One member of the board must be a representative of the general public. This member must not be:
(a) a court reporter; or
(b) the spouse or the parent or child, by blood, marriage or adoption, of a court reporter.
NRS 656.070 Compensation of members and employees.
1. Each member of the Board is entitled to receive:
(a) a salary of not more than $150 per day, as fixed by the board, while engaged in the business of the board; and
(b) a per diem allowance and travel expenses at a rate fixed by the board, while engaged in the business of the board. The rate must not exceed the rate provided for state officers and employees generally.
2. While engaged in the business of the board, each employee of the board is entitled to receive a per diem allowance and travel expenses at a rate fixed by the board. The rate must not exceed the rate provided for state officers and employees generally.
3. The expenses of the members and employees of the board and the expenses of the board must be paid from the fees collected pursuant to the provisions of this chapter, and the expenses must not exceed the amount so collected.
NRS 656.080 Officers; meetings; quorum.
1. Annually, the board shall designate a chair and a vice chair from its membership.
2. The board shall hold such meetings as may be necessary for the purpose of transacting its business.
3. Three members of the board constitute a quorum to transact all business, and a majority of those present must concur on any decision.
NRS 656.100 Records of board; report to governor.
1. The board shall keep a full and accurate record of its official actions and all proceedings, and of all resolutions, regulations and orders issued or adopted.
2. Except as otherwise provided by law, the records of the board shall be open to inspection by the public.
3. The board shall, on or before December 1 of each year, submit to the Governor a full and true report of its transactions during the preceding year. The report shall include a complete statement of the receipts and expenditures of the board during the period.
NRS 656.105 Confidentiality of certain records of board; exceptions.
1. Except as otherwise provided in this section and NRS 239.0115, a complaint filed with the board, all documents and other information filed with the complaint and all documents and other information compiled as a result of an investigation conducted to determine whether to initiate disciplinary action against a person are confidential, unless the person submits a written statement to the board requesting that such documents and information be made public records.
2. The charging documents filed with the board to initiate disciplinary action pursuant to Chapter 622A of NRS and all documents and information considered by the board when determining whether to impose discipline are public records.
3. An order that imposes discipline and the findings of fact and conclusions of law supporting that order are public records.
4. The provisions of this section do not prohibit the board from communicating or cooperating with or providing any documents or other information to any other licensing board or any other agency that is investigating a person, including, without limitation, a law enforcement agency.
Duty to administer chapter; power to appoint committees and employ persons; expenditures
1. The board shall administer the provisions of this chapter.
2. The board may appoint such committees as it considers necessary or proper and may employ, prescribe the duties of, and fix the salary of an executive secretary who may be employed on a part-time or full-time basis, and may also employ such other persons as may be necessary.
3. All expenditures described in this section must be paid from the fees collected under this chapter.
NRS 656.120 Seal of board; collection of fees. The board shall:
1. Adopt a seal which must be affixed to all licenses and certificates issued by the board.
2. Charge and collect from all applicants for licenses and certificates the fees provided for in this chapter.
3. Charge and collect from all persons renewing licenses and certificates the renewal fees provided for in this chapter.
NRS 656.130 Issuance of subpoenas; adoption of regulations.
1. The board may issue subpoenas for the attendance of witnesses and the production of relevant books and papers.
2. The board may adopt such regulations as are necessary to carry out the provisions of this chapter.
NRS 656.140 Board to aid profession.
The board may aid in all matters pertaining to the advancement of the practice of court reporting, including but not limited to all matters that may advance the professional interests of certified court reporters and such matters as concern their relations with the public.
NRS 656.185 Court reporting firm: License required; application.
(a) Include the federal identification number of the applicant;
1. It is unlawful for any person to conduct business as a court reporting firm or to advertise or put out any sign or card or other device which may indicate to members of the public that he or she is entitled to conduct such a business without first obtaining a license from the board.
2. Each applicant for a license as a court reporting firm must file an application with the executive secretary of the board on a form prescribed by the board.
3. The application must:
(a) include the federal identification number of the applicant;