CCRA Mission Statement

CCRA continuously leads our industry through legislative advocacy, educational opportunity, and professional inclusion. We actively protect and unify the freelance, CART/Captioning, official, and student communities.

President’s Message

Relationships are very important.

It’s very important that CCRA have good relationships with other associations like the other Court Reporting Associations in both the State and throughout the country.  It’s also important that we have a strong relationship with SEIU, AFSCME and other labor groups because we work together.

It’s also must be a priority that we build stronger relationships with our court partners, the attorneys, paralegals, receptionists in law offices, our staff members where we work, the judges that we work with.   And we’re going to work on that this year.

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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.

E-Filing

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.

Support Our Students!

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, generally speaking, being a mentor can be as easy as writing a few e-mails of support, allowing a student to sit in with you, sponsoring that student for CCRA’s Bootcamp or the Convention so they can get motivated.  You choose the level of support you’re able to give.

We need all our reporters to help us reach out to the school and to support our students.

CCRA has "New Mentor" information under our schools tab which outline what you can do and how to start. 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!

Interested in giving back to your profession?  E-mail supportourstdents@cal-ccra.org

CCRA's Support Our Students Committee has taken charge acting to Save Our Schools once again!

Our task force is fresh off of a conference call with our lobbyists regarding saving our private schools, ready for a multi-prong approach to this layered problem.  We will seek a solution to provide immediate relief for Sage students, and students from all of California's private schools.  We are also looking at solutions to address the post secondary issue for all court reporting schools.  We are working on legislation to get these extremely important issues worked out.  Our profession and its future depends on our students.

We, CCRA, are PROUD to have the student members and faculty members that we do.  We are PROUD to fight on behalf of our schools and ALL of our members at the Capitol.  Buckle up for another big legislative year, because we are ready to FIGHT! 

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!  

Interested in giving back to your profession?  E-mail info@cal-ccra.org.

Get Your Membership Dues Paid for by Participating in the Membership Drive!

Don't forget that our membership drive has commenced and will run until October 2017.

For EVERY new member you get to join CCRA, we will give you $25 in membership dollars!  This also extends to any unrenewed member that you get to rejoin.  Membership dollars can only be used to reduce the price of your own CCRA membership renewal dues and there is NO limit to the amount you can earn!  

Be sure that each person you get to join or rejoin lists your name in the "Referred By" section when they sign up online so that you get your membership dollars added to your account.

You can also download a list of past and/or unrenewed members that may list friends or colleagues you know or recognize and can encourage or remind to rejoin. 

Membership dues received by CCRA support all of our legislative efforts to protect our profession.  CCRA offers freelance and official reporters, CART providers, and captioners an awesome network of professionals that understand the challenges we all face in this profession.  CCRA will continue to support you, and we are excited to launch this membership drive to grow our network of talented and dedicated professionals.  Click here for additional membership information.