California Official Court Reporters Association

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Renew Your 2017 Membership and Be Eligible To Win A $100 Target Gift Card!

Posted on November 17, 2016 by admin

Win by Renewing Your Membership Today!!

Deadline for drawing is December 9th

Three winners will be announced December 12th

COCRA would like to entice you to join us once again. Renew your membership dues early and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a fabulous prize:

$100 Target Gift Card

Renew early by clicking here, and COCRA could help with your holiday shopping!

Deadline for the membership drawing is Friday, December 11th. Three lucky winners will be announced, with Target gift cards to be mailed or emailed, on Monday, December 14th.

Your COCRA Dues Help Us to Promote, Protect, and Preserve Our Profession!

Your membership dues are an investment in COCRA and is a clear sign that you believe in our mission, leadership, and presence in the California official court reporting community. By renewing with us, you show your commitment to the future of official court reporting and demonstrate your concern for our profession.

Your membership dues helps COCRA to do the following:

  • Networking with counties and unions throughout the state to keep abreast of local issues affecting officials
  • Creation of seminars with topics that educate officials and address the concerns and needs of officials
  • Outreach to COCRA Members through the use of email and social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter
  • Maintenance of COCRA’s website with information pertinent to officials
    Timely news and commentary postings to our COCRA Facebook page, Twitter feed, and blog
  • Monitor legislation that might have an impact on officials and the reporting profession
  • Educate legislators, executive and judicial decision-makers

As you can see, COCRA does important work on behalf of official court reporters. We know we can’t achieve anything without your financial support. We here at COCRA recognize the difficult times that we live in and that every dollar counts. So we truly appreciate your support and belief in us.

We appreciate your support of the California Official Court Reporters Association.

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Part-Time Court Reporters Needed for Calaveras Superior Court

Posted on September 25, 2016 by admin


PART-TIME COURT REPORTER

$27.42-$33.33/Hour Non-Exempt

(Unbenefited. Work hours may vary not to exceed 1,000 hours (maximum) in any given fiscal year and are not guaranteed.)

POSITION DEFINITION:

Under general supervision, provides the verbatim official record of all court testimony and activity and, when necessary, grand jury proceedings; prepares transcripts of court proceedings as directed.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

This is a highly skilled, certified, and experienced class responsible for creating verbatim documentation of court proceedings in criminal, civil, and other settings as assigned.

Please click here for more info and application process.

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Governor Vetoes Transcript Increase Bill

Posted on September 25, 2016 by admin

California court reporters suffered another defeat in the years-long battle to get an increase in transcript rates.

COCRA will update members and supporters as to any future action to revive another transcript increase bill or an attempt to address the increase via the budget process as stated by the Governor.

Governor Brown released a brief statement yesterday stating his reasons for his refusal to sign AB 2629. Below is the text of his statement in full.

“To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 2629 without my signature.

This bill would increase the fee that court reporters can charge for a court proceeding transcript.

This bill results in additional pressure to the General Fund by increasing costs to the judicial system. It covers spending that is more appropriately considered during the budget process.”

Sincerely,
Edmund G. Brown.

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Alliance of California Judges Opposes Commission’s Court Reporter Recommendations

Posted on August 23, 2016 by admin

The Commission on the Future of California’s Court System (Futures Commission) will be holding a meeting on August 29th in which a public comments session will be held to, “further its mission of identifying ways to improve the court system and increase access to justice for all Californians.

Of the concepts presented by the Futures Commission, two concepts stand out that should concern all official court reporters.

  • Concept 8.  Explore Court Reporters’ Dual Status, Compensation Discrepancies, and Ownership of Transcripts
  • Concept 10.  Explore Court Reporters’ Dual Status, Compensation Discrepancies, and Ownership of Transcripts

COCRA will be lodging letters of opposition to both of these proposals as COCRA believes these “concepts” are yet another attempt by the Judicial Council to implement “concepts” that will negatively affect official court reporters and the public at large.

COCRA is not alone in this belief.  Today, the Alliance of California Judges sent an email to the Judicial Council stating their reasons for opposing these two concepts.  We are including some of the comments that the ACJ submitted in their email.

The ACJ on Concept 8:

“Concept 8 is a proposal to deprive court reporters of the money they make from preparing transcripts. We consider this proposal an attempt to nickel-and-dime our co-workers, hundreds of whom have already been laid off over the past few years.”

The ACJ on Concept 10:

“Concept 10 is an effort to promote the replacement of court reporters with digital recordings…..The inadequacy of electronic recording isn’t just a matter of speculation; it’s a matter of record.”

COCRA agrees completely with the ACJ’s assessments of these two concepts.

COCRA will be working diligently with Shane Gusman, COCRA’s Legislative Advocate, as well as all unions, associations, and supporters of official court reporters to defeat these concepts which diminish our profession and further erode true access to justice for all Californians.

We will be updating you in the future with the results of our efforts and we encourage you to follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Official Reporter Position Open in U.S. District Court – Eastern District

Posted on June 30, 2016 by admin

The U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California is recruiting for an Official Court Reporter who is Realtime certified. The incumbent will report to a Court Services Supervisor in our Clerk’s Office and will as part of a pool of reporters provide court reporting services to our Sacramento judges on an assigned basis.

SALARY RANGE

Level 3: $89,320 (Requires Realtime Certification)
Level 4: $93,380 (Requires Realtime Certification and Registered Merit
Reporter (RMR) Certification)

Applications must be submitted no later than 4:00 p.m on Wednesday, July 27th, 2016.

Click here for more info and application process.

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San Bernardino Superior Court Seeks Pro Tems

Posted on June 23, 2016 by admin

San Bernardino County is seeking qualified individuals to work as Pro Tem Certified Court Reporters on an independent contractor basis. The services of Pro Tem Certified Court Reporters are needed at all court locations including: San Bernardino, Victorville, Barstow, Joshua Tree and Rancho Cucamonga.

Pro Tem Rates:
Full Day: $337.00
Half Day: $168.50

Please click here for more information and application instructions.

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San Francisco Superior Court Seeks Pro Tems

Posted on June 23, 2016 by admin

The Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, invite applications from licensed Court Reporters able to report in Realtime who are willing to work for the Court on an Intermittent or As-Needed basis reporting a variety of proceedings and producing transcripts upon request.

The selected qualified candidates will be appointed as “as-needed” employees who will be contacted to work on a daily basis, when needed by the Court. Most of the assignments will be in the Criminal departments. Assignments are made in half-day or whole day increments.

FINAL FILING DATE: Continuous. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing and continuous basis.

COMPENSATION:
Effective 7/01/16: $53.0750 – $56.2500 hourly
*Plus additional Realtime pay differential of 5.5% for using Realtime or 10% for Realtime Certification.

BENEFITS: After 1040 paid work hours, paid health and dental insurance, retirement, and paid vacation and sick leave benefits may be available.

Click here for more information and application instructions.

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Official Reporters Sought for Orange County Superior Court

Posted on April 9, 2016 by admin

The Superior Court of California, County of Orange is now accepting applications for:

OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER
ANNUAL SALARY*
$78,696 – $83,083
**UPDATED TO REFLECT NEW SALARY
**(New Salary Beginning July 2016: $81,845 – 86,414)

Benefit Highlights:
Choice of four medical plans
Vacation and sick leave packages
13 paid holidays per year
Defined-benefit retirement/pension plan
Tuition reimbursement
Optional deferred compensation program (457 plan)

*Additional Premium Pay (2.75% Realtime certification; 5.5% Realtime qualification) may be available when designated requirements are met.

*Hourly Rate Minimum $43.24 to Maximum Hourly Rate $45.65
**New July 2016 Hourly Rate Minimum $44.97 to Maximum Hourly Rate $47.48

This recruitment will be open on a continuous basis until sufficient qualified candidates are received to meet business needs.

Click here for more info and application.

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ER Bill Fails to Leave Committee

Posted on March 29, 2016 by admin

COCRA Legislative Advocate Shane Gusman Shares the Good News on Wagner’s Failure to Get ER Bill Through Committee

Today the Assembly Judiciary Committee held a hearing on AB 1834 (Wagner) which would authorize trial courts to utilize electronic recording in family law matters. The three main proponents were the California Conference of State Bar Associations, the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, and someone who referred to themselves as an electronic recording reporter (or something along those lines).

The author and his witnesses did not contend that ER is somehow better than having a live reporter. In fact, Assembly Member Wagner called having a reporter in the courtroom “the gold standard” for keeping an official record.

Instead, they argued that limited court resources have led to a diminishing number of official reporters available for family law proceedings despite the importance of having a record of those proceedings. They also argued that the technology has improved and that we shouldn’t let saving a few union jobs get in the way of the interests of family law litigants.

We had our usual coalition of union and reporter representatives opposing the bill on a variety of grounds including reliability, accuracy, cost, ADA access, etc. We also took the opportunity to agree that court reporters are the gold standard.

Picking up on that theme, the chair of the committee, Assembly Member Stone, asked the author if he would agree to amend his bill to instead mandate that an official court reporter be available for all family law matters in all 58 counties. The chair hinted that if Mr. Wagner chose to take his bill to a vote without that amendment, that it would fail to get sufficient votes to stay alive.

After much back and forth, the author chose not to take the chair’s suggested amendment and also chose to hold the bill in committee without a vote. This is a big victory for reporters as the momentum to do something in family law has been building for some time.

Chairman Stone was instrumental in defeating this bill and vowed to continue the fight to get reporters back into family courts. He promised to work with the Budget Committee and the Speaker of the Assembly in an effort to achieve this goal.

Shane Gusman
COCRA Legislative Advocate
Broad & Gusman

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Official Reporter Positions Open for San Mateo Superior Court

Posted on March 16, 2016 by admin

COURT REPORTER
Superior Court of California
County of San Mateo
Job Title: Court Reporter (Open)
Continuous Recruitment
Salary: $39.30 – $48.98 Hourly
$3,144.00 – $3,918.40 Biweekly
$6,812.00 – $8,489.87 Monthly
$81,744.00 – $101,878.40 Annually

Click here for more info.

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on February 23, 2016, to update the salary range and extend the Final Filing Date. This recruitment has been changed to “Continuous.”

The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, is seeking qualified Court Reporters.

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