Judicial Branch Certification Commission
JBCC stands for the Judicial Branch Certification Commission. It was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 in Senate Bill 966 and will begin operating on September 1, 2014. The JBCC was created to combine regulation of several professions connected to the court system – court reporters and court reporting firms, professional guardians, private process servers, and foreign language court interpreters.
Until September 1, 2014, the professions listed above were regulated by four separate entities – Court Reporters Certification Board, Guardianship Certification Board, Process Server Review Board, and Licensed Court Interpreter Program at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. These boards and programs no longer exist, and their activities all transferred to the JBCC on September 1, 2014.
Your certification, registration, or license continues in effect as a certification, registration, or license of the JBCC. It will remain in effect for the rest of the period for which it was last issued.
You will only need to file a renewal application. You do not need to "start over" with an application for a new certification, registration, or license.
For certified court reporters and guardians and licensed court interpreters, the JBCC's continuing education hours requirements are the same as they were before September 1, 2014. The hours you have taken before September 1 will count for your continuing education requirement as long as they are approved courses. You should keep documentation of your attendance at approved courses because you must provide a certificate of attendance or other documentation with your renewal application. Courses that were approved before September 1, 2014 are still considered approved. After September 1, 2014, both course providers and regulated persons (i.e., court reporters, guardians, process servers, and court interpreters) may ask that a course be approved.