OCTOBER 11-14, 2019

Registration is now open!

The California Court Reporters Association invites you to join us at CCRA’s 109th Annual Convention being held at the San Mateo Marriott near San Francisco, Columbus Day weekend, October 11-14, 2019. 

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Final Call for all CSRs – Letters to the Governor
Let’s Get a Transcript Rate Increase!

California Court Reporters Association has been fighting for a transcript rate increase for too long. After 30 years with the same old rates, it’s about time for an increase. 

Governor Newsom needs to hear from each and every court reporter about the stagnant rates reporters working in court are bound by, including freelance reporters who are now bound by the same statutory rates as official reporters since the ruling in Burd vs Barkley.

Now’s your chance to make a difference. We need Governor Newsom to hear from EACH and EVERY licensed reporter in California. We need Governor Newsom to hear us loud and clear to SIGN and FUND AB 1385! 

Officials, please use this (sample letter for officials) as a guideline. Freelancers, please use this (sample letter for freelancers) as a guideline. 

If you prefer to write a personalized letter, please feel free to use this sample letter as a guideline. Read through the talking points and then formulate your own PERSONALIZED letter to the Governor letting him know exactly how this lack of adequate pay has affected you.

To our valued students, let the governor hear from you as well! Please use this sample letter as a guideline.

Please send your letter ASAP. Letters are due to [email protected] by July 26, 2019. CCRA will then deliver your letters personally to the Governor in one big bundle.

Share this email with your reporter friends, coworkers, family and friends so that they too can write a letter to Governor Newsom imploring him to sign and fund AB 1385 this year. Every California Certified Shorthand Reporter demands a transcript increase! 

We ask if you’ve submitted letters previously asking for support of our bill; please, take the time and write one more asking Governor Newsom to SIGN and FUND our bill!

Thank you for your support. Together, we can do this! 

CCRA Board of Directors


The California Court Reporters Association, in conjunction with the Northern California Court Reporters Association and the Sacramento Official Court Reporters Association, are excited to announce the California launch of NCRA’s nationwide “A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand” program. The goal of this intensive recruitment effort is to introduce members of our local communities to the court reporting and captioning professions through a hands-on course in which candidates are provided loaner steno machines and attend live weekly classes over a six-week period taught by experienced reporters. Join the momentum. Be the solution. Whether it is your volunteer time or a donation, it is YOU that will preserve stenographic reporting!

California Budget Watch: What about Court Reporters?

Only four days into his tenure as Governor of California, Gavin Newsom introduced his first proposed state budget. The $144 billion plan is the first step in a months-long process to adopt a state budget before the July 1st deadline.

The Judicial Branch proposal includes more than $350 million in additional funding. After the Jameson decision and 30 years without an increase in the statutory transcript fee, how much of it is going to hire new State-employed court reporters or to fund a rate increase? Zero. More than $9 million is proposed for raises of Judicial Council and other state-level staff; millions more for judges’ salaries.

Remember, this proposal is just the starting point. CCRA is already working to make 2019 the year we secure a long overdue rate increase, especially now that freelancers covering court work are also statutorily bound by those rates, and funding to increase the number of court reporters provided in courtrooms statewide. Stay tuned for more California Budget Watch emails.

Dynamex Explained

The California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Dynamex created a new legal test for determining whether someone is an “independent contractor” and not an employee. In order to be properly classified as an independent contractor, the hiring entity must prove each of the three factors in the “ABC Test”: (A) The worker is free from the control and direction of the hiring entity in connection with the performance of the work, both under the contract for the performance of the work and in fact; and (B) The worker performs work that is outside the usual course of the hiring entity’s business; and (C) The worker is customarily engaged in an independently established trade, occupation, or business of the same nature as that involved in the work performed. In the context of court reporters, the analysis will depend upon the particular facts and circumstances of each individual relationship. While it is ultimately unclear how Dynamex will be applied to court reporters, this article provides a detailed legal overview to assist our members with understanding the key issues. READ MORE