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Attendees to COCRA’s 2018 Winter Seminar at the Westfield San Francisco Center will find the location incredibly accessible. The location is in the Union Square area of San Francisco, which is the main shopping district for San Francisco. The location sits right on the BART line, so those of you flying into SFO will be able to get to the location by train, which you can board right at the airport.
Here are a couple directions and tips on parking for those of you planning on attending our 2018 Winter Seminar, at the SFSU Campus at 835 Market Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets.
If you have any questions about COCRA Winter Seminar 2018, please contact us by clicking here.
If you’re taking Caltrain from the South Bay you’re going to ride into the city and get off at the last stop which will be the San Francisco station. From there you can either walk the roughly eight blocks up Fourth Street to Market Street, or you can catch MUNI, San Francisco’s public transit system, to Market Street.
Those of you who plan on taking BART from either the East Bay or along the Peninsula will get off at the Powell Street Station. Now, please note that the easiest way to get to 863 Market when you’re at the Powell station is to take one of the exits up to Market Street. Don’t bother entering through the San Francisco Center entrance. You’ll just have to exit back out to Market Street.
Riders on the MUNI Underground will also get off at the Powell Street Station and follow the directions above.
Now for the details on parking. The two closest parking spots are the Fifth and Mission Street Garage located on Mission Street between Fifth and Fourth Street and the Ellis-O’Farrell Garage at 123 O’Farrell Street between Powell and Stockton.
Fifth and Mission Street Garage
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.
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.
$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 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:
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.
Benefits of E-Filing Technology Should Not Come
at a Cost to Official Reporters
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.
(Unbenefited. Work hours may vary not to exceed 1,000 hours (maximum) in any given fiscal year and are not guaranteed.)
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.
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.
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.”
Edmund G. Brown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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