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San Francisco Employment Opportunity for Official Reporter

Posted on September 2, 2014 by admin

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

COMPENSATION:

$107,741 annually, $4,128, as paid biweekly, plus an additional pay premium for Realtime.

FINAL FILING DATE:

4:00 p.m., Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Click here for more detailed information and application process.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested applicants must submit a Court application and resume specific to this position. This application must be sent or delivered to: Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, Human Resources Office, 400 McAllister Street, Room 205, San Francisco, CA 94102. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on the final filing date, by personal delivery or U. S. Mail. Applications will not be accepted by FAX or any other electronic filing system. Applications received after that date, regardless of when they were mailed or sent, will not be accepted.

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San Mateo Superior Court Seeks Qualified Pro Tem Reporters

Posted on June 20, 2014 by admin

The San Mateo Superior Court is actively seeking court reporters to work on an as-needed basis to report court proceedings. Realtime capabilities preferred, but not necessary. We offer a competitive daily per diem rate of $363.12 for a full day and $181.56 for a half day.

If you are available for immediate pro tem work on an as-needed basis in San Mateo County, please send your resume to Virginia Bottarini at vbottarini@sanmateocourt.org.

For more information or if you have any questions, e-mail above or call (650) 363-4897.

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Updates to Steno Writers Repair Service Page

Posted on May 27, 2014 by admin

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Courts Still Suffering Under Cutbacks

Posted on May 11, 2014 by admin

“…Court reporters who provide transcripts of hearings have been eliminated for civil cases in many counties, making it more difficult for the losing party to appeal.”

“…recession-driven cutbacks in California’s huge court system have produced long lines and short tempers at courthouses throughout the state. Civil cases are facing growing delays in getting to trial, and court closures have forced residents in some counties to drive several hours for an appearance.

(Don Barletti, Los Angeles Times)
Amanda Lugo, a legal processing assistant, searches for a case file in the criminal clerk’s office at the Superior Court in Victorville, Calif. Budget cuts recently closed the Barstow Superior Court, bringing hundreds of cases to this court.

Originally Published May 10th in the LA Times:

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Interview with Court Reporter in Jodi Arias Case

Posted on March 2, 2014 by admin

“…interview of court reporter Marty Herder, President of Arizona Litigation Support, during the Jodi Arias murder trial.”

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AOC Moves to Limit Transcripts in Preliminary Hearings

Posted on February 13, 2014 by admin

ATTENTION OFFICIAL REPORTERS: We are hearing from various sources that the AOC will once again be moving legislatively to limit the transcripts that are produced in preliminary hearings. Specifically, the AOC is looking to limit automatically prepared transcripts in preliminary hearings to homicide related matters only.

We are working with our contacts in Sacramento to obtain more information about the AOC’s plans and we promise to update you as soon as we get a fuller picture of what the AOC plans to do.

UPDATE: Here’s analysis language that details what the AOC would like to see implemented. Keep in mind, the end game is that the AOC wants to shift the transcript costs onto the attorneys for the prosecution and the defense.

3. Preliminary Hearing Transcripts. Courts are currently required to purchase preliminary hearing transcripts from certified court reporters and provide them to attorneys In all felony cases. In all other cases, the courts purchase transcripts upon the request of parties. Under the proposed change, courts would only be required to provide preliminary hearing transcripts to attorneys in homicide cases. Transcripts would continue to be provided upon request for all other case types. This change reduces costs as the court will no longer be required to purchase copies of all non-homicide felony cases from the court’s certified court reporter, but will only need to purchase them when specifically requested.

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Winners Announced in COCRA’s Early Membership Renewal Drive for 2014

Posted on December 11, 2013 by admin

Thank you very much to all of you who participated in this year’s Early Membership Renewal Drive. We appreciate the support!

And now for the names of this year’s winners!

Loretta Najera, San Francisco
Third Prize Winner!
$100 Best Buy Gift Card

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Melanie D Gheno, Napa
Second Prize Winner!
$200 Target Gift Card

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Mary Argyropoulos, Martinez
First Prize Winner!
$300 Amazon Gift Card

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San Francisco Superior Court Seeking Pro Tem Reporters

Posted on November 25, 2013 by admin

San Francisco Superior Court seeks 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.

Chosen qualified candidates will be appointed as “as-needed” employees who will then 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.

COMPENSATION: $51.60 per hour*

*Plus additional Realtime pay differential of 5.5% for using Realtime or 10% for Realtime
Certification.

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

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San Mateo Officials Avoid Layoffs

Posted on September 17, 2013 by admin

The official reporters of the San Mateo Superior Court appear to have dodged a bullet as court administration pull back from its original plan of laying off two official reporters.

Earlier in the year court administration initially said that the layoff of officials was a possibility due to budgetary constraints. However, after changes in their revised budget, court administrators have chosen to rescind its decision to lay off official reporters for this fiscal year. This move by the court could also be seen as a sign that San Mateo Superior Court sees the importance of providing official reporters for all proceedings.

According to court reporter sources in San Mateo Superior Court, layoffs were slated to begin this Friday, September 20th, 2013.

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SF Superior Court Calls Back Remaining Laid-Off Officials

Posted on September 17, 2013 by admin

In a move welcomed by officials in San Francisco Superior Court, notices from court administration went out early last week to the remaining five official reporters on the court’s holdover list giving them the opportunity to accept the offer and return to full-time employment.

Although the court has given no explanation as for the reasons why the remaining reporters were called back, the move by the court was seen as a positive development by IFPTE Local 21, the union representing official reporters in SF Superior Court, and the San Francisco Official Court Reporters Association (SFOCRA). Both organizations have been working diligently for the restoration of all the reporters that were laid off by SF Superior Court when it eliminated the positions of official reporters from the civil courts.

Of the original twenty-four officials laid off in the fall of 2011, ten officials remained on the holdover list at the start of 2013. Five officials were called back by the court over the summer, and the remaining five officials were called back last week.

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