Illinois Certified Shorthand Reports Act

PROFESSIONS, OCCUPATIONS, AND BUSINESS OPERATIONS
(225 ILCS 415/) Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporters Act of 1984.
    (225 ILCS 415/1) (from Ch. 111, par. 6201)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 1. The practice of shorthand reporting in the State of Illinois is hereby declared to affect the public health, safety and welfare and to be subject to regulation and control in the public interest. This Act is designed to encourage proficiency in the practice of shorthand reporting as a profession; to promote efficiency in court and general reporting; and to extend to the public the protection afforded by a standardized profession by establishing a standard of competency for certified shorthand reporters. It is further declared that, in order for the practice of shorthand reporting as defined in this Act to merit and receive the confidence of the public, only qualified persons shall be authorized to practice shorthand reporting in the State of Illinois. This Act shall be liberally construed to best carry out these subjects and purposes.
(Source: P.A. 83-73.)

 

    (225 ILCS 415/2) (from Ch. 111, par. 6202)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 2. This Act may be cited as the Illinois Certified Shorthand Reporters Act of 1984.
(Source: P.A. 87-481.)

 

    (225 ILCS 415/3) (from Ch. 111, par. 6203)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 3. License required. No person may practice shorthand reporting on a temporary or permanent basis in this State without being certified under this Act. This Act does not prohibit any non-resident practicing shorthand reporter from practicing shorthand reporting in this State as to one single proceeding.
(Source: P.A. 98-445, eff. 12-31-13.)

 

    (225 ILCS 415/3.5)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 3.5. Uncertified practice; violation; civil penalty.
    (a) Any person who practices, offers to practice, attempts to practice, or holds oneself out to practice as a shorthand reporter without being certified under this Act shall, in addition to any other penalty provided by law, pay a civil penalty to the Department in an amount not to exceed $10,000 for each offense as determined by the Department and the assessment of costs as provided under Section 23.3 of this Act. The civil penalty shall be assessed by the Department after a hearing is held in accordance with the provisions set forth in this Act regarding the provision of a hearing for the discipline of a licensee.
    (b) The Department has the authority and power to investigate any and all unlicensed activity.
    (c) The civil penalty shall be paid within 60 days after the effective date of the order imposing the civil penalty. The order shall constitute a judgment and may be filed and execution had thereon in the same manner as any judgment from any court of record.
    (d) All moneys collected under this Section shall be deposited into the General Professions Dedicated Fund.
(Source: P.A. 98-445, eff. 12-31-13.)

(225 ILCS 415/23) (from Ch. 111, par. 6223)
    (Section scheduled to be repealed on January 1, 2024)
    Sec. 23. Grounds for disciplinary action.
    (a) The Department may refuse to issue or renew, or may revoke, suspend, place on probation, reprimand or take other disciplinary or non-disciplinary action as the Department may deem appropriate, including imposing fines not to exceed $10,000 for each violation and the assessment of costs as provided for in Section 23.3 of this Act, with regard to any license for any one or combination of the following:

 (11) 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;
(13) Willfully making or filing false records or
    
reports in the practice of shorthand reporting, including but not limited to false records filed with State agencies or departments;
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