PCRA Resources for Remote Reporting

In-Person Requirement Suspended for Court Reporters

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic altered the way reporters across the state, country, and globe worked and conducted business.  As soon as the crisis hit, PCRA leaders worked with state legislators to temporarily suspend the in-person requirement for notaries who are court reporters/stenographers participating in criminal, civil, and administrative proceedings of record in Pennsylvania, empowering all court reporters and stenographers across the state to continue to work during uncertain times.

Update: June 12, 2020

As deliberations continue at the state government level on when to fully reopen Pennsylvania and end Governor Wolf's COVID-19 disaster declaration, it is important for court reporters to understand that, when the disaster declaration expires, the temporary exception that grants court reporters the ability to swear witnesses remotely also expires.

Read the Suspension

Please be assured that PCRA continues to monitor this situation and to advocate for the permanent ability to remotely swear witnesses.  We will update the membership as we are able.


Resources for Remote Reporting

NCRA - COVID-19 Resources

Conducting Remote Depositions

NCRA - Handling of Exhibits for Remote Depositions

JCR - How to Optimize Internet Connection for Remote Depositions

Security Recommendations for Remote Reporting

Zoom - In-Meeting File Transfer

Zoom - Breakout Rooms and Private Chatting for Off-the-Record Discussions


Preparing Remote Records

When you prepare transcripts for depositions conducted remotely, the title and certification pages should reflect the remote nature of both the proceedings and the swearing in. 

See below for PCRA suggestions:

Sample Remote Title Page - Freelance

Sample Remote Certification Page - Freelance

Sample Remote Title Page - Official

Sample Remote Certification Page - Official