California Official Court Reporters Association

COCRA History

History/Purpose

The California Official Court Reporters Association was founded in 1999. The association’s purpose is to provide specialized leadership in dealing with a complexity of issues facing our official court reporters who work in the state Superior Courts. These issues include emerging technologies, court unification, state funding, public access, and labor relations.

Dedication

COCRA is dedicated to promoting the official court reporter as the only viable means of capturing oral court proceedings and generating an official verbatim record using computer technology. This technology is capable of producing realtime voice to text translation, is fully capable of being electronically transmitted and integrated with other court records, and is immediately accessible in printable text format to all users, especially the sight- and the hearing-impaired.

Service

COCRA publishes a quarterly newsletter, “The Official Record,” and a monthly on-line news service, “Official Briefs.” We host an annual convention in September, which features continuing education seminars and network opportunities for official court reporters. Membership participation is encouraged in committee work and service on the Board of Directors.

Partnering

COCRA has built strong ties with our professional partners in organized labor, the California State Legislature, California Judicial Council, Administrative Office of the Courts, California Court Reporters Board, Coalition of Court Reporters of California, California Judges Association, Coalition of State Court Reporter Associations of California and the National Court Reporters Association. COCRA also held a seat on the Reporting of the Record Task Force.

Our Mission Statement

Protect and advance the profession of official court reporters through education and legislative advocacy.

Our Commitment