California Official Court Reporters Association

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San Bernardino Seeks Applicants for Official Reporter Positions

Posted on March 31, 2018 by admin


OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER (Real Time Certified)

Salary: $78,683.07 – $100,540.96 Annually

Closing: 4/9/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Click here for more info and application process.

The Superior Court of California, County of San Bernardino is seeking qualified, Realtime Certified, professionals to fill the position of Official Court Reporter. This recruitment will remain open until April 9, 2018, at 5:00 PM. The eligible list resulting from this recruitment will be used to fill future vacancies throughout the court districts in San Bernardino County.

The San Bernardino Superior Court offers a range of benefit programs for employees and their eligible dependents. These include medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, as well as a variety of voluntary benefits.

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Humboldt County Seeks Official Reporter

Posted on February 26, 2018 by admin

Official Court Reporter
Salary Range: $57,158 -$69,472 annually
Full-time (40 hours per week)

Final Filing Date: March 9th, 2018

Click here for more information and application process.

Example of Essential Duties:

(This is not an all inclusive list, but rather a representative sample of duties). Court Reporter is to record and compile a verbatim record of courtroom proceedings and
testimony, including words spoken, movement of proceeding participants and actions taken. Asks Judge for clarification of instructions, orders, or other actions to properly note the official record. Reporter reads back all, or portions of, the official court proceedings including previously spoken testimony to judges, counsel, witnesses and jurors upon request. Transcribes and prepares verbatim notes in printed or magnetic media transcripts using computer-aided transcription software within prescribed time deadlines. Performs basic legal and office file research to ensure appropriate case documentation of names, quotations and similar information. May transcribe and/or provide transcripts for other public bodies such as the Grand Jury.

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San Mateo Superior Court Seeks Official Reporters

Posted on February 1, 2018 by admin

COURT REPORTER
Superior Court of California
County of San Mateo

Job Title: Court Reporter

CLOSING DATE: 02/14/18

$40.68 – $50.70 Hourly
$3,254.40 – $4,056.00 Biweekly
$7,051.20 – $8,788.00 Monthly
$84,614.40 – $105,456.00 Annually

The Court offers differential pay of up to 10% for employees with real time verified experience and/or certification.

The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, is seeking qualified Court Reporters. The current vacancies are for two full-time Official Court Reporter positions.

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Alameda County Superior Seeks Official Reporters

Posted on January 29, 2018 by admin

Salary: $85,841.60 – $104,208.00 Annually

Closing: 2/23/2018 5:00 PM Pacific

Job Description

The Superior Court of California, County of Alameda is accepting applications for the positions of both Court Reporter & Court Reporter, Per Diem. Under direction, Court Reporters & Court Reporters, Per Diem stenotypes a verbatim record of court proceedings; to read notes as requested; to prepare transcripts; and to perform other related duties as assigned.

Benefits:

Retirement: Participation in the Alameda County Employees’ Retirement Association (ACERA), a 1937 Act Retirement Plan.

Deferred Compensation Plan: Employees may contribute annually to a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan.

Medical/Dental: Effective January 1, 2010, all employees will be responsible for a portion of the health and dental premiums.

Life Insurance: A term life insurance policy of $15,000 with the option of purchasing additional supplemental insurance.

Educational Stipend: The Court provides 100% reimbursement of the expense for job-related educational courses up to a maximum of $650.

Vacation: 10 days annually for the first 4 years of service, 15 days after 4 years, and up to 25 days after 20 years.

Holidays: 13 paid holidays and 3 floating holidays (first year hired before July 1)

Sick Leave: Accrual of 13 days per year.

Note: Benefits premiums for part-time status are pro-rated by the number of hours regularly worked.

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Solano County Superior Court Seeks Official Reporters

Posted on January 20, 2018 by admin

CLOSING DATE: January 26, 2018

Under direction, prepare and transcribe official verbatim recordings of court proceedings using machine shorthand; and to perform related work as assigned.
This classification is full-time, represented and non-exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Salary: $70,911 – $86,193 annually

Benefits Packages

Solano Superior Court employees are valued. The court offers an excellent benefit package:

  • * CalPERS retirement plan (specific benefit determined pursuant to the Public Employee Pension Reform Act of 2013).Participation in Social Security, Medicare and State Disability Insurance.
  • * Medical insurance (plans offered through CalPERS), Delta Dental (
    HMO & PPO plans), VSP vision insurance, with generous employer contribution toward premiums.
  • * Supplemental retirement plan (457 deferred compensation plan) available
  • * Flexible spending account for qualifying medical, dependent care, and/or transportation expenses.
  • * Basic life insurance at no cost to employee; employees may purchase additional life insurance for self and dependents.
  • * Sick leave, vacation leave, and floating holidays.
  • * Employee assistance program available at no cost to employee for self and dependents.
  • * Longevity pay after 20,800 hours worked.

Please click here for more information and application process.

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Santa Clara Employment Opportunity for Official Reporter

Posted on January 20, 2018 by admin

SALARY:

$36.34 – $48.70 Hourly
$2,907.20 – $3,895.76 Biweekly
$6,298.93 – $8,440.81 Monthly
$75,587.20 – $101,289.76 Annually

Under direction, this specialized classification steno graphically records and maintains an official record of court proceedings, reads notes as requested, prepares transcripts, and performs other related duties as required.

Incumbents in this classification are responsible for making verbatim official records of court proceedings in machine shorthand and providing read back of all or portions of the record upon request.

The Court offers a substantial benefits package to include a choice of health plan, dental plan, a vision plan, 13 paid holidays, 3 weeks of vacation, 4 days of personal leave, day off on your birthday and sick leave.

Our Court offered Health insurance plan is offered through Kaiser, HealthNet and Valley Health Plan. Certain coverage fully paid by Court for employee and dependents.

Click here for more information and application process.

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New Law Gives Official Reporters E-Filing Options

Posted on October 23, 2017 by admin

ARE YOU READY TO E-FILE?

Earlier this year, COCRA President Anne Hall communicated to the membership that COCRA would work openly and transparently with all unions, associations and stakeholders to ensure that official reporters’ comments and concerns were heard regarding procedures for e-filing. The goal was to ensure that any e-filing procedures enacted would be fair and equitable for official reporters, the legal community, and the public at large.

For the last several months, COCRA’s leadership, along with SEIU, AFSCME and IFPTE, three powerful unions representing official reporters across the state, have worked tirelessly to make certain that the e-filing requirements are in fact fair and equitable, and we believe we have succeeded.

On October 6, 2017, AB1450 was signed by the Governor. This bill, which language amends CCP 271, will require an official reporter or official reporter pro tempore to deliver a transcript in electronic form, in compliance with the California Rules of Court, to any court, party, or person entitled to the transcript.

It is anticipated that amendments to the Rules of Court pertaining to preparation of transcripts on appeal will be adopted by the Judicial Council at their November meeting and will have an effective date of January 1, 2018.

The substantive amendments include, but are not limited to the following:

- Electronic transcripts must be in full-text searchable PDF
- Electronic transcripts must include electronic bookmarking
- Electronic transcripts must also be electronically signed
- Reporters will have a five-year grace period to move to e-filing
- Reporters may, with exceptions, continue to file paper transcripts during the five-year period

In addition, this bill provides that an official reporter or official reporter
pro tempore is NOT required to use a specific vendor, technology, or software to be in compliance with CCP 271.

What Does This Mean for Official Reporters?
You Have Options

You do NOT have to purchase any additional third-party software.

Your current CAT software should be utilized, and has the technological capability to be, in compliance with nearly all the amendments to the Rules of Court.

The major CAT software vendors, including Stenograph and Advantage Software, are aware of the proposed changes to the Rules of Court, and you can be assured they are working towards total compliance within the five-year statutory grace period allowed under CCP 271.

Early next year, COCRA plans to offer a one-day seminar focusing on CAT software training where you will walk away with all the tools necessary to electronically file your transcripts with ease and in compliance with the Rules of Court.

Please feel free to reach out to COCRA at contact@cocra.org if you have any questions.

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San Francisco Superior Court Extends Deadline for Official Reporter Applicants

Posted on September 29, 2017 by admin

The Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, continues to invite applications from Certified Court Reporters who are interested in working in the San Francisco Court.

This selection process is being conducted in accordance with San Francisco Superior Court Personnel Rule 4.8 and therefore will be used to establish an eligibility list to fill future vacancies.

COMPENSATION:

$110,821.00 – $117,450.00 annually

In addition to this rate of pay, Court Reporters who provide Realtime will also earn an additional pay premium of 5.5% (uncertified) or 10.0% (certified). These differentials are included as salary for pension purposes.

The Court offers a generous flexible benefit cafeteria plan, including a variety of health, dental, life insurance plans, and other benefit options; a contributory retirement plan; paid vacation, sick leave, and holiday pay; and a deferred compensation savings program.

* Please note that for the rest of the fiscal year 2017-18, all Court employees are participating in a furlough program requiring one unpaid day off per month. As a result, the salary range for this position, for the current fiscal year, is $105,741 to $112,067.

FINAL FILING DATE:

4:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Click here for more detailed information and application process.

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Congratulations to the Three Winners of our Early Membership Renewal Drawing!

Posted on December 11, 2016 by admin

Congratulations to Our Three Early Membership Renewal Winners!

Reyes Hunter of Benecia

Holly Moose of San Rafael

Lindsey Sill of San Jose

COCRA Extends a Special Thank You to Our Silver Sponsors!!

Ana Dub of South San Francisco

Kelli Rinaudo of Pacific Grove

Remember that’s it’s not too late to renew your membership by clicking here!

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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Official Reporters and E-Filing Transcripts: COCRA’s Position

Posted on December 7, 2016 by admin

Benefits of E-Filing Technology Should Not Come
at a Cost to Official Reporters

My name is Anne Hall, I’m an official reporter in Monterey County Superior Court, and I’m the current president of the California Official Court Reporters Association. (COCRA)

When I moved back to California in the late 90s, I realized that the issues that official court reporters faced were very unique to our profession. I also realized that our profession needed an association made up of members who were not only concerned about official court reporters, but were able to address those unique issues, as well as protect and promote court reporting in California’s superior courts. That is why I became a proud member of COCRA.

It is undeniable that since the Great Recession official reporters have had some very difficult times. We’ve seen the spread of electronic recording into more and more courtrooms. We’ve faced removal of official reporters in civil courts resulting in layoffs in many counties. We have seen transcript rates remain frozen for almost three decades!

As if all these negative situations weren’t enough, official reporters are now facing another possible threat to our transcript income. Many counties across the state have begun the process of converting their management systems to the online case management system Odyssey. What this means for official reporters is that we will eventually be required to file transcripts online which will be a welcomed change that could have unintended consequences.

So what’s the consequence? Courts could require that officials pay for filing our transcripts. COCRA believes officials should be able to electronically file transcripts with the court bearing any associated costs, such as software licenses.

We also believe that any electronic filing procedure the courts put into place should not result in the imposition of additional work duties without proper compensation to officials. Especially in light of the fact that official reporters have not seen an increase in our transcript rates!

In the future, COCRA will work openly and transparently with all unions, associations, and stakeholders to ensure that the concerns of official reporters about e-filing transcripts are addressed and that the final e-filing procedure is one that is fair and equitable for official reporters, the legal community, and the public at large.

If you believe the same as COCRA does, then won’t you please join me by renewing your membership with COCRA today? Join California’s only court reporter association created For Officials, By Officials.

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