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The 2015 PCRA Annual Convention will be held April 24-26, 2015 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, PA.


Enjoy an amazing line-up of speakers, terrific presentations and the chance to network with your colleagues in a beautiful setting, all while earning up to 1.4 CEUs!




Scholarship Opportunity for High School Students

In celebration of National Court Reporting and Captioning Week, February 15 – 21, 2015, the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is launching Text for NCRA Scholarship Student Competition at Orleans Technical Institute, a scholarship tournament in which high school students put their fingers to the test with speed and accuracy challenges.

The competition will be Wednesday, February 18 from 9am - 12 noon.

Click here for a detailed letter and click here for the in-school poster.


Update on Rule 4000 - The New Rules Governing PA Court Reporting Services

PCRA through its attorney, Chris Lucas, filed an emergency petition on Friday, December 19 to determine PCRA's standing to be heard on the effect of Rule 4000 - the new rules on official reporters - and to entertain a petition to permit time to file a detailed Motion for Reconsideration of the December 4, 2014 Order.


We have received a response to the emergency petition from the AOPC (Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts).


Please note that PCRA is fighting for all Pennsylvania reporters, but as member dues are funding this fight, a copy of the petition and the response from the AOPC are only accessible by current members on the Rule 4000 tab on the Community page of this website.   


Once you are logged in to the website on the left side of this page, click here to go straight to the Rule 4000 page on the Community page.


If you're not already a PCRA member, we hope you'll join PCRA or renew your membership and add to our strength! If your membership is current, and you need your member ID # to log in, please contact Liz Matson at headquarters at


We are also seeking opinions from two other attorneys to decide how best to proceed. As you can imagine, this will be a lengthy and expensive exercise and our options will be limited by our resources. We need everyone to JOIN PCRA NOW so we can choose the best option, not just the option we can afford. Please encourage all your reporter friends and colleagues to join PCRA if they are not already members. Every reporter across the Commonwealth should be involved and supporting PCRA, both financially and with ideas and suggestions.


Click here to read the new rules.


PCRA is grateful to those reporters, officials and freelancers, who have stepped to the plate and have worked so hard this past month for the benefit of all reporters. There is strength in numbers and that's where we'll have the most chance at success.


Court Reporting in the News
Click on the link below for a great article about court reporting published in the online version of Harrisburg's Patriot-News on February 15, 2015. It features NCRA Vice President and PCRA's own Tiva Wood and PCRA member Cheryl Hansberry.

PCRA Announces Updated Student Mentor Program

As many of you know, serving as a mentor is a very rewarding experience and certainly, having an engaged mentor can make a huge difference for a student. PCRA is happy to announce that the Student Mentor Program has been updated with the creation of online forms that will make it easier for mentors to volunteer and students to request a mentor. Guidelines for both mentors and student “mentees” have also been developed. All the information is on the Community page on the PCRA website, but can also be accessed from the home page by using the button to the left, underneath the login box.

Court Case of Interest for Pennsylvania Reporters
A Philadelphia trial judge, in an issue of first impression, ruled lawyers, not clients, are responsible for paying court reporting costs.

Please click on the link below to read the full article. If you don't already have a free digital membership to ALM (the publisher of The Legal Intelligencer and other publications), you'll need to sign up to read the article.


NCRA's Take Note Campaign
We are excited to share this article in the JCR about NCRA's new Take Note campaign.

Don't forget to watch the video at the end!

Take Note campaign continues to pick up traction

NCRA's Take Note campaign, launched last month to push the court reporting profession into the national spotlight, continues to spark the interest of media outlets nationwide. Fox News became the latest media outlet to showcase the profession's growing employment opportunities in a special report on companies that are hiring that aired Oct. 7 on its Fox & Friends program. In the segment, the reporter notes the findings by research firm Ducker Worldwide that an additional 5,500 jobs are expected to open up across the country in the next five years. Fox & Friends is currently the #1 ranked morning show, according to cable news ratings. NCRA's Take Note campaign was built around the research findings to support the future of court reporting through national advertising and public relations outreach. The program targets potential students and asks them to consider entering a profession that promises to offer an abundance of job opportunities in the coming years. WATCH THE VIDEO 



Congratulations to Pennsylvania Reporters with New Certifications!

PCRA would like to congratulate members John J. Kurz and Kimberly A. Wilson of Philadelphia, both of whom became newly certified as an RMR after the November tests, and Shannan Marie Gagliardi of Philadelphia, who became newly certified as an RDR after the October tests.


We also congratulate Pennsylvania reporters Debra Anne Gerstemeier of Eagleville, newly certified as an RPR, Sharon J. Ricci of Philadelphia, newly certified as an RMR, and Susan Yoder of Morton, newly certified as a CRR after the November tests; William Feftman and Monmoney Prak of Philadelphia, both of whom became newly certified as an RPR after the October tests; and Irma E. Pavone of Bryn Mawr, who was newly certified as an RPR, and Dutcheen O. Cameron of Harrison City, who was newly certified as a CRR after the August tests.


Congratulations to all for your achievements!


PCRA is proud to announce its partnership with the Flight 93 National Memorial Oral History and Documentation Project.  The project is entering its final nine months of a grant period and the project assistants have conducted more than 800 interviews with people associated with Flight 93, which crashed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.  We have an opportunity to assist with this project in the same way we have worked on the Veteran’s Oral History Project.  Pennsylvania will take the lead and recruit reporters to transcribe these interviews so the stories are preserved for future generations!  These interviews cannot be used until a transcript is completed and signed off on by the interviewee.  Time is of the essence.  We are looking for volunteers to transcribe these interviews. 
Donna S. Cascio, RMR, CMRS and Susan E. Kiniry, RMR, of our organization are spearheading this very important project. Please contact them and indicate your willingness to volunteer. Donna can be reached at and Susan can be reached at
A complete set of guidelines, forms and other information is available at the bottom of this page.


New York State Unified Court System April 25 Court Reporter Examination


The New York State Unified Court System will administer the Court Reporter Exam statewide on April 25, 2015. The filing period for Examination Number 45-786 began on February 5, 2015 and will remain open until March 11, 2015.

Click here for the Annoucement of Examination Number 45-786.

Click here for the Examination Orientation Guide.

Click here for the Online Application.
Please note the following:
  • You must apply to take the examination.
  • Read the examination announcement carefully before submitting an application.
  • An application is considered successfully filed upon immediate receipt of an Application ID Number.
  • Admission Notices will be emailed to applicants on or about April 13, 2015.
  • You should add to your address book to ensure receipt of all correspondence.
  • The application processing fee is NON-REFUNDABLE.

Click here to visit the court system's website.


Job Opportunities in Pennsylvania
2/12/2015:  Dauphin County Court Reporters’ Office is currently accepting applications for the full-time position of Court Reporter. Two positions are available. An employee in this position is responsible for taking the stenographic record of court proceedings. This employee is also responsible for timely and accurate production of transcripts when requested, by using computer-aided transcription. This is a union position.

Minimum Education, Experience & Training Requirements:  Applicant must either hold at least a RPR Certification from the National Court Reporters Association OR have two (2) years of court reporting experience (per RJA 5000.3) and be able to pass with 95% accuracy on the following: Literary at 180 wpm, Jury Charge at 200 wpm, and Testimony at 225 wpm.

Application Process:  Current employees must complete a Transfer Application and attach resume. Non-County employees must complete a Dauphin County Application for Employment, available from the Dauphin County website

Applicants must attach transcripts or other required documentation evidencing qualifications for the position.  Applications may be obtained from and must be submitted to the Department of Human Resources.
Posted: 2/11/2015
Expires: 2/25/2015
2/6/2015:  The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania located in Philadelphia is accepting applications for Official Court Reporters. This is highly-skilled stenographic work, reporting and transcribing verbatim testimony of court proceedings through the use of a computer-aided stenotype machine. This work also involves the use of a computer to transcribe notes of testimony. Transcripts represent the official record of court; therefore, employee’s transcription skills require precise accuracy.

Click here or on the PDF at the bottom of this page for the full announcement and the employment application. Reporters can direct any questions about the job prior to submitting an application to Cathy Parker at 215-683-8073.




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Click here to see all the details on the Member Discounts page. 


Court Reporters Demonstrate their superior skills

If you have ever wondered how the closed captions "appear" on the television, this video will show you a couple of the country's best court reporters/captioners and how fast they can write.  You will be amazed! Check it out! Click on the video below!



Court Reporting in the News as a growing and profitable career!

MyFox Atlanta
Carlette Jennings, from the Brown College of Court Reporting, joined the Good Day Atlanta crew to talk about a somewhat surprisingly lucrative career in the world of court reporting! CLICK ON THE VIDEO Below TO WATCH THIS FULL REPORT!




Forms/Resources that relate to this page (9)
2015 PCRA ANNUAL CONVENTION Preliminary Schedule: PDF File
Post Date: 2/1/2015
2015 PCRA ANNUAL CONVENTION Registration Form: PDF File
Post Date: 2/1/2015
Maricopa County, AZ Job Announcement: PDF File
Post Date: 1/10/2015
NCRA Key Points for Online Testing: WORD File
Post Date: 9/27/2014
Volunteer Hours Log: PDF File
Post Date: 3/23/2014
PCRA Flight 93 Transcription Guidelines: PDF File
Post Date: 3/23/2014
PA Court Reporters Volunteer Form: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
Oral History Description Doc2: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
Insert for Packet Flight 93 Oral History: PDF File
Post Date: 3/22/2014
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The Outline - Winter 2015