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San Francisco Superior Court Seeks Applicants for Official Reporter

Posted on August 7, 2017 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.

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., Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Click here for more detailed information and application process.

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Renew Your 2017 COCRA Membership Today

Posted on January 17, 2017 by admin

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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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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Part-Time Court Reporters Needed for Calaveras Superior Court

Posted on September 25, 2016 by admin


PART-TIME COURT REPORTER

$27.42-$33.33/Hour Non-Exempt

(Unbenefited. Work hours may vary not to exceed 1,000 hours (maximum) in any given fiscal year and are not guaranteed.)

POSITION DEFINITION:

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.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

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.

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Governor Vetoes Transcript Increase Bill

Posted on September 25, 2016 by admin

California court reporters suffered another defeat in the years-long battle to get an increase in transcript rates.

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.”

Sincerely,
Edmund G. Brown.

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Alliance of California Judges Opposes Commission’s Court Reporter Recommendations

Posted on August 23, 2016 by admin

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.

  • Concept 8.  Explore Court Reporters’ Dual Status, Compensation Discrepancies, and Ownership of Transcripts
  • Concept 10.  Explore Court Reporters’ Dual Status, Compensation Discrepancies, and Ownership of Transcripts

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.

We will be updating you in the future with the results of our efforts and we encourage you to follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Official Reporter Position Open in U.S. District Court – Eastern District

Posted on June 30, 2016 by admin

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.

SALARY RANGE

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.

Click here for more info and application process.

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San Bernardino Superior Court Seeks Pro Tems

Posted on June 23, 2016 by admin

San Bernardino County is seeking qualified individuals to work as Pro Tem Certified Court Reporters on an independent contractor basis. The services of Pro Tem Certified Court Reporters are needed at all court locations including: San Bernardino, Victorville, Barstow, Joshua Tree and Rancho Cucamonga.

Pro Tem Rates:
Full Day: $337.00
Half Day: $168.50

Please click here for more information and application instructions.

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San Francisco Superior Court Seeks Pro Tems

Posted on June 23, 2016 by admin

The Superior Court of California, County of San Francisco, invite applications from 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.

The selected qualified candidates will be appointed as “as-needed” employees who will 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.

FINAL FILING DATE: Continuous. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing and continuous basis.

COMPENSATION:
Effective 7/01/16: $53.0750 – $56.2500 hourly
*Plus additional Realtime pay differential of 5.5% for using Realtime or 10% for Realtime Certification.

BENEFITS: 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 and application instructions.

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