California Official Court Reporters Association

COCRA History

COCRA Announces Dissolution of Association
October 26, 2019

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we write to inform you that after much consideration, debate, and discussion, the executive board of the California Official Court Reporters Association (COCRA) has made the difficult decision to dissolve the association by the end of 2019.

COCRA was first created in 1999 by a group of official reporters from all over California who firmly believed that California needed an association that focused specifically on issues unique to official court reporters.

Since its creation, COCRA has accomplished many achievements in fulfilling its mission to “Protect and advance the profession of official court reporters,” including:

*creating the Preserving Access to Justice Task Force report, which compiled a nation-wide database of the pitfalls and problems related to electronic recording

*organizing the “Summit for Officials” in 2013 during the wave of layoffs resulting from the Great Recession so that COCRA could provide all gathered officials with information on how budget cuts were affecting the profession

*creating the County-to-County seminar format which became the preeminent seminar for officials to exchange information and to learn about various issues affecting officials throughout the state

*monitoring and informing the membership about legislation affecting official reporters

*cultivating contacts with all court reporter represented labor groups

*playing an active role in ensuring that legislation that allowed for the e-filing of PDF transcripts did not deprive officials of the choice of software for filing such transcripts

Although COCRA will be closing its doors, current COCRA members can continue COCRA’s mission to protect and advance our profession by becoming active members of their local unions.

The power to steer funding to your local court, the ability to challenge negative legislation and support positive legislation, as well as the ability to provide input on the direction for the profession of official court reporting lies with labor groups such as SEIU, AFSCME, and IFPTE Local 21.

We strongly urge officials to become involved, stay informed, and be vigilant in protecting our profession.

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