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President's Message

As the year 2017 comes to an end, we look back on the past year.  On behalf of the membership of CCRA, we would like to profusely thank Immediate Past President Brooke Ryan for her leadership and insight she has given as our CCRA President.  Brooke participated in countless legislative visits, committee hearings, MOCK CSRs, and CSR exams.  She also travelled around the state teaching reporters about E-filing.  The work Brooke has done for our student community is unparalleled and she has supported students like no other reporter has.  Thank you, Brooke, for all you do and have done for the court reporting profession.

I’d like to thank each of our members for their confidence and support.  CCRA truly exists to serve you and to protect and promote court reporting in our great state.  Read More ...

CCRA e-Compendium

CCRA is proud to break new ground by becoming the first court reporters association in the nation to launch an e-Compendium, offering exactly the same high level content as our yearly paperback publication now in digital form. You will no longer have to buy multiple versions as we are consolidating the freelance/CART and official compendiums into one easy-to-use app. Click here for additional information.

News & Notices

Governor Brown's budget has been released  01.13.18
Join the Grassroots Holiday Spirit!  12.08.17
ALERT: Burd v. Barkley Ruling Handed Down 11.29.17
CCRA's Fight for Corporate Ethics Continues  11.24.17

CCRA is excited that our court reporting technology will now be utilized in courts around our State.  This is one way we can ensure court reporters keep their jobs.  Also, the law, as now written, protects the court reporter's transcript copy compensation.

CCRA is currently commenting on the Judicial Council's proposed changes to the Rules of Court and will continue to provide stellar responses in order to protect the court reporting community.

You may know that some counties require reporters to use the word count program in the court's computers.  That resulted in a loss of income for those reporters.  CCRA wanted to ensure that the reporter is in control of what program they use so as to protect their work product.

There are many programs that will accomplish filing a secure, encrypted e-transcript.  YesLaw has a program that has been used in many pilot projects throughout our state.  Many counties are using YesLaw free until their court requires e-filing.

As a CCRA member, you would be entitled to a $25 per month rate.  If you are not a member, the rate would be $60 per month.  Of course, YesLaw, and most programs, have a Help center to help you through the changes.

E-filing has transferred the costs of doing business from purchasing printers, toner, paper and covers to a nominal fee for the software.

Call for Mentors!

Our California court reporting schools do an excellent job of teaching students to write, but we believe that having a thriving mentorship community is crucial for early professional success.  Schools may prepare students to write quickly, but they simply cannot teach everything needed to thrive in this field.  That's where YOU come in.

For those interested but a little hesitant to take on a mentee or two, generally speaking, being a mentor can be as big or little a job as you want it to be.  You can choose how many mentees you'd like to take on, the experience level of your mentees, how often you'd like to touch base with your mentees, et cetera.  Some mentees may have multiple mentors.  

CCRA provides a "New Mentor" packet outlining places to start and things to keep in mind, but it's really up to you as to how you'd like to structure your mentor/mentee relationship.  Some of our mentors host monthly get-togethers with their mentees, some exchange a couple emails every month or two, some may only field a call every year.  There are all kinds of styles of mentoring, and CCRA encourages you to make it your own, have fun with it, and help an aspiring reporter or two feel welcome and supported in our professional community in whatever way you can!  

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