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COCRA Announces Dissolution of Association

Posted on October 26, 2019 by admin

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.

To current COCRA members, an email with instructions as to COCRA’s dissolution has been sent to you. Please review the email and contact us should you have questions.

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San Francisco Superior Court Seeks Official Reporters

Posted on July 18, 2019 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.

OFFICIAL REPORTER COMPENSATION:

$116,916 – $123,909 annually
(salary + 5.5% qualified realtime differential
$121,903 – $129,909 annually
(salary + 10% certified realtime differential)


All official reporters MUST provide realtime in order to work in San Francisco Superior Court. Realtime differentials are included as salary for pension purposes.

Annual salary compensation does not include possible transcript income and realtime differential compensation.

FINAL FILING DATE:

Continuous. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing and continuous basis.

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.

Click here for more detailed information and application process.


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Ventura Superior Court Recruiting Official Reporters

Posted on May 6, 2019 by admin

 

Salary: $77,812.80 to $91,561.60
Realtime Differential: 5% for certified, 2.5% for uncertified
Salary and Realtime Differential does not include possible transcript income


Extensive benefits package offered including medical, dental, vision. Paid holidays and sick leave.

Under general direction, accurately take down verbatim in machine shorthand all required or requested court hearings; read back the record upon request; produce official, verbatim transcripts of court proceedings in conformity with court standards, codes, Rules of Court, and time requirements; maintain records in accordance with GC 69955; and perform related duties. 

Click here for more information and for application process.

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San Francisco Superior Court Extends Deadline for Official Reporter Applicants

Posted on September 29, 2017 by admin

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.

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., Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Click here for more detailed information and application process.

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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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Updates to Steno Writers Repair Service Page

Posted on May 27, 2014 by admin

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CRB Issues Clarification on Expedited Transcripts

Posted on October 2, 2012 by admin

From the Court Reporters Board.

Clarification Regarding Expedited Court Transcripts

In response to a request for clarification of the Board’s position regarding the ability of court reporters to charge expedited rates for court transcripts, the Board has reached the position that there is a difference between daily and expedited delivery of a court transcript.

While Government Code section 69951 specifically speaks to “special daily transcription rates” in civil matters, the law is silent as to expedited transcription rates. Therefore, since expedited transcription rates are not defined in statute, court reporters may set their own reasonable rates. Note, however, that the court is the final arbiter of what constitutes a reasonable rate under the circumstances.

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Article Details Report Calling for Reform of the AOC

Posted on May 29, 2012 by admin

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) – In a sweeping call for reform of the Administrative Office of the Courts, a report from a committee of judges found the agency has been operated as the director’s fiefdom, has strayed far from its original path and has been deceptive about finances and personnel. They also criticized the bureaucracy as top-heavy, badly organized and employing too many overpaid workers.

Their long-awaited report proposes a drastic reorganization that includes cutting the staff by one-third and moving the agency from its lavish San Francisco headquarters to a cheaper space in Sacramento. In the 277-page, 11-chapter dcoument, the Strategic Evaluation Committee also recommended cutting high-level positions, closing regional offices and eliminating entire divisions of the vast bureaucracy that sits atop the court system.

Based on a year-long investigation, the massive, crisply-worded report did not pull punches.

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CRB Issues Letter on Fees for Official Pro Tems

Posted on May 29, 2012 by admin

The following notice was sent out by the CRB and they’ve posted it on their website. You can read the letter in its entirety by clicking on the link.

“The fees set by statute that a licensee may charge for acting as official or official pro tempore reporters have not changed since the issuance of the Board’s interpretation in its letter dated December 7, 1999. However, given the recent budgetary impact on courts and the increasing inquiries from licensees regarding current permissible fees for court reporters acting as official or official pro tempore reporters, the Board is issuing this letter to assist licensees and consumers.”

Click here to read the letter in its entirety.

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