SENATE BILL 241 – CIVIL ACTIONS
“2021 California Court Efficiency Act”
Published June 10, 2021
Introduced by Senator Thomas Umberg
- Sponsored by the California Defense Council and Consumer Attorneys of California.
- Supported by: Court Reporters Board of California, Deposition Reporters Association of California, and the National Court Reporters Association.
- Opposed by: California Court Reporters Association, SEIU California, Protect Your Record Project, and three individuals.
- Amends and adds Business and Professions Code, section 8050.
- Adds Business and Professions Code, section 8051.
- Amends Code of Civil Procedure, section 1010.6.
- Adds Code of Civil Procedure, section 367.8.
- Adds Probate Code, section 3505.
- Permits out-of-state entities to register with and be governed by the Court Reporters Board (CRB), and must designate a board-certified reporter-in-charge; and
- Permits witnesses to testify in court remotely via audiovisual technology, but only under certain circumstances.
- Increase efficiency in courts due to COVID.
- Expand CRB’s authority regarding certification and regulation of out-of-state court reporters.
- CRB will provide a directory of registered entities on its website.
- Witnesses will be allowed to appear and give testimony by remote electronic means like WebX and Zoom.
- Witnesses may appear remotely for trials or hearings on motions.
- Court authorization required.
- Factors considered for remote appearances by witnesses are:
- Is it critical or necessary?
- Would it materially prejudice one or more parties?
- Does the witness reside more than 100 miles from the venue?
- If required to appear in person, would that make it impossible, difficult, or pose a risk to the witness’s health or safety?
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