Title 47, Chapter 15, Section 2
(a) As used in this Code section, the term "year" means all or any
portion of a calendar year during which a reporter or court
stenographer served as official reporter under appointment by the
presiding judge of the circuit.
(b) Any reporter or court stenographer in any superior court
judicial circuit who has so served for 40 or more consecutive years
in the same circuit shall be eligible for appointment as superior
court reporter emeritus and shall be appointed to that office by the
judge of the superior court of the circuit, upon application by the
reporter or court stenographer.