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IDFPR Enforcement of Court Reporters

Court Reporters are regulated by the State of Illinois. There are a number of different statutes that apply to Court Reporters, as well as extensive administrative regulations. The primary statute that regulated the profession is the Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporters Act of 1984. The law and regulations include:

  • Licensing standards and requirements
  • Scope of Court Reporters practice and standards of care
  • Education requirements and standards
  • Disciplinary action for violations of laws and regulations

The significant regulation for Court Reporters reflects the government’s interest in protecting the safety and welfare of citizens. Only Court Reporters who meet specific requirements are permitted to practice in Illinois. IDFPR offers three categories of licenses:

  • Shorthand Reporter
  • Certified Shorthand Reporter
  • Restricted Shorthand Reporter

 

When Can a Court Reporters Lose His or Her License — or Face Professional Discipline — in Illinois?

The Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporters Act of 1984 contains numerous types of conduct that can warrant disciplinary action. Examples of issues regulated by the Act and the corresponding administrative rules include:

  • Fraud or any misrepresentation in applying for or procuring a license under this Act or in connection with applying for renewal of a license under this Act;
  • Professional incompetence;
  • Engaging in dishonorable, unethical or unprofessional conduct of a character likely to deceive, defraud or harm the public;
  • Charging for professional services not rendered, including filing false statements for the collection of fees for which services were not rendered, or giving, directly or indirectly, any gift or anything of value to attorneys or their staff or any other persons or entities associated with any litigation, that exceeds $100 total per year; for the purposes of this Section, pro bono services, as defined by State law, are permissible in any amount;
  • Willful failure to take full and accurate stenographic notes of any proceeding;
  • Willful alteration of any stenographic notes taken at any proceeding;
  • Affixing one’s signature to any transcript of his stenographic notes or certifying to its correctness unless the transcript has been prepared by him or under his immediate supervision;

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