(a) As used in this section, “reporting notes” are the reporting notes of all court reporters employed to report in the courts of California, who may be known as official reporters and official reporters pro tempore. Reporting notes are official records of the court. Reporting notes shall be kept by the reporter taking the notes in a place designated by the court, or, upon order of the court, delivered to the clerk of the court.
(b) The reporting notes may be kept in any form of communication or representation including paper, electronic, or magnetic media or other technology capable of reproducing for transcription the testimony of the proceedings according to standards or guidelines for the preservation and reproduction of the medium adopted by the American National Standards Institute or the Association for Information and Image Management. Reporting notes shall be stored in an environment free from excessive moisture, temperature variation, and electromagnetic fields if stored on a medium other than paper.
(c) The reporting notes shall be labeled with the date recorded, the department number of the court, and the name of the court reporter. The reporting notes shall be indexed for convenient retrieval and access. Instructions for access to data stored on a medium other than paper shall be documented.
(d) If the reporting notes are kept in any form other than paper, one duplicate backup copy of the notes shall be stored in a manner and place that reasonably assures its preservation.
(e) Reporting notes produced under subdivision (b) may be destroyed upon the order of the court after 10 years from the taking of the notes in criminal proceedings and after five years from the taking of the notes in all other proceedings, unless the notes report proceedings in capital felony cases including the preliminary hearing. No reporting notes in a capital felony case proceeding shall be destroyed until such time as the Supreme Court on request by the court clerk authorizes the destruction.
(f) A periodic review of the media on which the reporting notes are stored shall be conducted to assure that a storage medium is not obsolete and that current technology is capable of accessing and reproducing the records for the required retention period.
(g) If the reporting notes of an official reporter or official reporter pro tempore have not been delivered to the clerk of the court, the notes shall be delivered by the reporter to the clerk of the court upon the reporter’s retirement, resignation, dismissal, termination of appointment, or in the case of any other absence for a period of more than 30 days or longer as designated by the court. Upon the order of the court, the notes shall be returned to the reporter upon the reporter’s return from such absence. In the event of the reporter’s death, the notes shall be delivered to the clerk of the court by the reporter’s personal representative.
(h) If reporting notes delivered to the clerk of the court are to be transcribed, the court reporter who took the notes shall be given the first opportunity to make the transcription, unless the reporter cannot be located, refuses to transcribe the notes, or is found to be incompetent to transcribe the notes.
(i) A court reporter shall be reimbursed for the actual cost of the medium on which the reporting notes are kept, whether on paper, diskette, or other media in compliance with this section.