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Nevada Revised Statutes

Nevada Administrative Code Chapter 656
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CHAPTER 656

CERTIFIED COURT REPORTERS; COURT REPORTING FIRMS Rev. 12/21/2019 3:08:28 PM 2019

GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 656.010 Short title.

NRS 656.020 Legislative declaration.

NRS 656.030 Definitions.

CERTIFIED COURT REPORTERS’ BOARD OF NEVADA

NRS 656.040 Creation.

NRS 656.050 Appointment and qualifications of members.

NRS 656.070 Salary of members; per diem allowance and travel expenses of members and employees; payment of expenses.

NRS 656.080 Officers; meetings; quorum.

NRS 656.100 Records of Board; report to Governor.

NRS 656.105 Confidentiality of certain records of Board; exceptions.

NRS 656.110 Duty to administer chapter; power to appoint committees and employ Executive Secretary and other persons; expenditures.

NRS 656.120 Seal of Board; collection of fees.

NRS 656.125 Deposit and use of money received by Board.

NRS 656.130 Issuance of subpoenas; adoption of regulations.

NRS 656.140 Authority of Board to aid profession.

CERTIFICATES; LICENSES; FEES

NRS 656.145 Court reporters: Unlawful to practice without certificate.

NRS 656.150 Court reporters: Application for certificate; passage of examination and payment of fee required for issuance.

NRS 656.155 Payment of child support: Submission of certain information by applicant; grounds for denial of license or certificate; duty of Board. [Effective until the date of the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity or child support proceedings.]

NRS 656.155 Payment of child support: Submission of certain information by applicant; grounds for denial of license or certificate; duty of Board. [Effective on the date of the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity or child support proceedings and expires by limitation 2 years after that date.]

NRS 656.160 Court reporters: Examination of applicant.

NRS 656.170 Court reporters: Frequency and location of examination; documentary evidence of qualifications required for admission to examination.

NRS 656.180 Court reporters: Qualifications of applicant.

NRS 656.185 Court reporting firm: Unlawful to practice without license; application.

NRS 656.186 Court reporting firm: Qualifications and appointment of designated representative; regulations.

NRS 656.187 Court reporting firm: Expiration and renewal of license; continuing education or training; reinstatement of expired license; regulations.

NRS 656.200 Court reporters: Renewal of certificate; continuing education or training; suspension of certificate for failure to submit information or renewal fee; reinstatement or renewal of suspended certificate; regulations.

NRS 656.205 Continuing education programs developed and conducted by Board; reasonable fee; Board prohibited from refusing to renew or restore certificate or license for failure to attend program developed and conducted by Board.

NRS 656.220 Fees; regulations.

DISCIPLINARY AND OTHER ACTIONS

NRS 656.240 Grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of certificate or license: False representation; contempt of court; conviction of certain crimes.

NRS 656.250 Grounds for denial, suspension or revocation of certificate or license: Additional grounds.

NRS 656.253 Denial, suspension or revocation of certificate or license.

NRS 656.255 Suspension of license or certificate for failure to pay child support or comply with certain subpoenas or warrants; reinstatement of license or certificate. [Effective until 2 years after the date of the repeal of 42 U.S.C. § 666, the federal law requiring each state to establish procedures for withholding, suspending and restricting the professional, occupational and recreational licenses for child support arrearages and for noncompliance with certain processes relating to paternity or child support proceedings.]

NRS 656.257 Probation; administrative fine.

NRS 656.260 Licensee or certified court reporter to notify Board of change of name or address; court reporting firm to report certain changes to Board; penalty.

NRS 656.270 Suspension of license or certificate for mental illness; conditions for resumption of business or practice.

NRS 656.280 Investigations; procedure upon refusal to issue certificate or license.

NRS 656.290 Subpoenas; witnesses; restoration of suspended license or certificate; reinstatement of revoked license or certificate.

NRS 656.300 Practice without certificate and conducting business without license prohibited; penalties.

MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS

NRS 656.310 Court reporters: Use of certain designation and abbreviation; inclusion of certificate number on transcripts and business cards.

NRS 656.315 Court reporters: Authority to administer oaths and affirmations without appointment as notary public.

NRS 656.320 Court reporters: Current certificate required for appointment as official reporter of any court in State.

NRS 656.330 Act or service authorized by chapter prerequisite to action for compensation for services.

NRS 656.335 Court reporter to retain certain notes for 8 years.

PROHIBITED ACTS; PENALTIES; ENFORCEMENT

NRS 656.345 Alteration of transcript after certification prohibited; exceptions.

NRS 656.350 Criminal penalty.

NRS 656.360 Administrative fine; hearing.

NRS 656.370 Injunctive relief.

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GENERAL PROVISIONS

NRS 656.010 Short title. This chapter is known and may be cited as the Nevada Certified Court Reporters’ and Licensed Court Reporting Firms’ Law.

(Added to NRS by 1973, 1314; A 1993, 1404; 2017, 2215)

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.

(Added to NRS by 1973, 1315; A 1993, 1404)

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. “Business entity” means any form of business organization, including, without limitation, a corporation, partnership, sole proprietorship, limited liability company or limited liability partnership. The term does not include a natural person or governmental entity.

3. “Certificate” means a certified court reporter’s certificate issued under the provisions of this chapter.

4. “Certified court reporter” means a natural person who is technically qualified and registered under this chapter to practice court reporting.

5. “Court reporting firm” means a business entity that, for compensation, provides or arranges for the services of a certified court reporter or provides referral services for certified court reporters in this State.

6. “Designated representative of a court reporting firm” means the natural person designated to act as the representative of a court reporting firm pursuant to NRS 656.186.

7. “Distance education program” means a program that offers instruction which is delivered by the Internet in such a manner that the natural person supervising or providing the instruction and the natural person receiving the instruction are separated geographically for a majority of the time during which the instruction is delivered.

8. “License” means a license issued under the provisions of this chapter to conduct business as a court reporting firm.

9. “Licensee” means a business entity to which a license has been issued.

10. “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.

11. “Stenographic notes” means:

(A) The original manually or mechanically produced notes in shorthand or shorthand writing taken by a certified 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 certified court reporter while in attendance at a proceeding.

12. “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.

Ê The term includes, without limitation, stenomasking, verbatim reporting and other similar titles.

(Added to NRS by 1973, 1315; A 1993, 1404; 2001, 1008; 2005, 191; 2007, 1034; 2009, 156; 2011, 217; 2017, 2215)

CERTIFIED COURT REPORTERS’ BOARD OF NEVADA

NRS 656.040 Creation. The Certified Court Reporters’ Board of Nevada, consisting of five members, is hereby created.

(Added to NRS by 1973, 1315; A 1993, 1405; 2007, 17)

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 certified 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 certified court reporter; or

(B) The spouse or the parent or child, by blood, marriage or adoption, of a certified court reporter.

(Added to NRS by 1973, 1315; A 1993, 1405; 2007, 17; 2017, 2216)

NRS 656.070 Salary of members; per diem allowance and travel expenses of members and employees; payment of expenses.

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.

(Added to NRS by 1973, 1315; A 1985, 446, 1882; 1989, 1707; 2007, 2959)

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.

(Added to NRS by 1973, 1316; A 2007, 18)

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.

(Added to NRS by 1973, 1316)

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 natural person or business entity are confidential, unless the natural person or business entity 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.

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