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Join Us May 3rd, 2014, for COCRA’s Spring Summit for Officials!!

Posted on March 1, 2014 by admin

Don’t Miss Your Chance to $AVE & WIN!

All early registrants will have their name entered in a drawing and will be eligible to win an iPad Mini + Cellular. Must be present to win.

Click here to register now!

Seminar Topics Include (earn up to .7 NCRA CEUs):

COCRA’s 2014 Official Court Reporter’s Manual
A Practical Guide for Practicing Officials in Court

Legislative Update
with Michelle Castro (SEIU) and Shane Gusman (COCRA Legislative Advocate)

You Want Me to Use a Comma There? and “Top Ten” Reporter Questions with Margie Wakeman-Wells

Click here to download the 2014 Spring Summit brochure with full detailed session descriptions.

LUNCH is NOW included with your registration.

READY to $AVE and ATTEND?! Click here to register online.

Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Embassy Suites San Francisco Waterfront
150 Anza Blvd
Burlingame, CA 94010

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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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Official Court Reporter Employment Opportunity in Stanislaus County

Posted on February 7, 2014 by admin

Under general supervision, performs technical tasks to stenographically record all court proceedings verbatim using stenographic, computer-aided , and real-time equipment; provides transcripts as requested of court proceedings; reads proceeding information as requested by the court; and performs related duties as required.

Job Title: Court Reporter
Opening Date/Time: Fri. 02/07/14 12:00 AM Pacific Time
Closing Date/Time: Fri. 02/21/14 5:00 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $30.98 – $37.66 Hourly
$2,478.72 – $3,012.90 Biweekly
$5,370.56 – $6,527.95 Monthly
$64,446.72 – $78,335.40 Annually
Job Type: Full-time
Location: 800 11th Street, Modesto, California
Department: Court Reporter

Click here for more information and application.

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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


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


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

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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Santa Clara Superior Court Seeking Pro Tems

Posted on October 23, 2013 by admin

The Superior Court of Santa Clara County is seeking qualified, self-starting individuals as Pro Tempore Court Reporters. Applicants must hold a current Certified Shorthand Reporter license for the state of California. CRR and CCRR (formerly CRP) certificate holders receive 20% differential.

To apply, contact Deputy Court Manager Sandra Alcala at 408-882-2515.

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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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COCRA Releases 2013 PAJTF Report

Posted on March 28, 2013 by admin

COCRA is pleased to announce that it has updated its Preserving Access to Justice Task Force Report (PAJTF).

In addition to providing a brief overview about the importance of court reporters in the courts, the PAJTF Report also lists the “true costs” to litigants and the judicial system where ER is involved.

This report has been proven to be a valuable tool and reference paper for reporters in California and throughout the nation. COCRA urges all court reporters to utilize the PAJTF Report when promoting the profession of court reporting in California’s courts.

Click here to download the 2013 edition of the PAJTF Report.

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