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2016 PCRA Membership Campaign

Please visit the Join/Renew page to see who won the iPad Mini from the Early Renewal Campaign and for more information about joining PCRA or renewing your membership for 2016!



2016 PCRA Convention

The 2016 Convention will be held April 1 - 3 at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College.

Watch this space for information as it becomes available.



Court Reporting on the Radio

Gavin Jenkins, a freelance writer based in Pittsburgh, attended PCRA’s convention earlier this year for research on an article he was writing on court reporting. Thanks to all who sat with Gavin at seminars and answered his questions.

Gavin also was a guest at NCRA’s convention this past August in New York where he gathered more information and he has now had his article published on www.vice.comHere's the link to the article.

Gavin was recently a guest on New Hampshire Public Radio on the show Word of Mouth where he spoke about the profession of court reporting and some of the challenges we are facing. Click here for a link to the interview.


Court Reporting in the News

On September 1, 2015, CBS 21 out of New Cumberland, PA ran an exciting segment about court reporting. This is great publicity for the profession and a terrific way of spreading the word about the need for students.

Click here to view the piece and please consider sharing it with everyone you know via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

This all came about because a friend of PCRA mentioned court reporting to a news reporter she knew and provided some background information. Please think about what YOU can do to help support our profession!

A Message from NCRA about Students

NCRA headquarters has been flooded with requests from students who would like to join NCRA under the Student Sponsorship Program. Through member sponsorships, NCRA has created a way for students to join NCRA for their first year at no cost to them. However due to high demand, there is currently a waitlist, and the students need help from you.For only $65 per student, you can help a future court reporter gain access to the following:

  • An online mentorship program
  • Deep discounts to NCRA certifications
  • A Staples discount that will allow them to purchase school supplies
  • Discounts on store items like the RPR Study Guide
  • Ability to use the student rate for the NCRA Annual Convention

To sponsor a student, click here for NCRA's form and return the completed form to

Please consider helping NCRA ensure the future of our profession is strong. Let's help our students become a part of this wonderful community!



June 2015 Update on Rule 4000 - The New Rules Governing PA Court Reporting Services

Dear Colleagues:

The first order of business was Judge Baratta polled the Committee concerning asking the Supreme Court to expand our members to include one or two members of the County Commissions Association of Pennsylvania.  The thinking is that implementation of this rule will affect county budgets, so they should be included in the discussion.  Everyone on the Committee agreed, so he’s going to write a letter to the Supreme Court and then an invitation to CCAP.  He’s hoping for permission for two members, but he wants at least one.

Secondly, Judge Baratta wanted to clarify whether the rules contemplate reporters in the Commonwealth Court.  He will be consulting with the new Court Administrator of Pennsylvania, Tom Darr, on this matter.

Much of the meeting was spent discussing page rates and the disparate rates throughout the Commonwealth.  We discussed different ways to try to address the different factors in the various judicial districts.  Judge Baratta shared his opinions:

1.      There should be no difference in the rate between “private pay” and “government pay”. 
2.      The rate should be below what is in the private sector because officials also earn a salary.
3.      Reporters should be compensated fairly so they don’t leave the employ of the Counties.
4.      Rules should be adjusted to have an allocation of costs between both parties.
5.   Clarified that Court Orders are NOT transcripts and are not subject to this Rule.

We will be having additional discussions on rates during the next and subsequent meetings.  We did, however, emphasize that the page rate should be a direct pass-through to the court reporter. We will be advocating for that language to be contained in the rule.

Judge Baratta does NOT feel that the committee should address additional charges that may be made by reporters for things such as real-time feeds to attorneys, for technical material (asbestos, med mal., etc.), for rough drafts, but rather those fees should be decided by each county in their internal policies.  Rule 4000 would have to be amended to permit this surcharge ability.

The discussion of court reporters being paid for copies was very limited.  It appears that at this time the rule will not allow for copy fees for any transcripts.  A fee in the range of .75 or 1.00 per page was discussed, however, the intent is for these monies to provide a stream of income to the administration of the courts, and therefore court administration will take over the task of providing copies of transcripts, and will collect and keep the funds.   We are obviously against this and will be addressing this copy issue at the next and future meetings.

There was a lot of discussion regarding tying rate increases to the consumer price index and having rate increases every three years.  A similar practice is built in for the Prothonotary’s filing fees and works well.  The particulars of how that works wasn’t really explained.

Judge Baratta said he would circulate PCRA’s Rule 4000 committee’s  suggested revisions to the rule and our summary to the rest of the committee and asked the committee to go through the rule point by point and provide the same kind of summary to him for our next meeting, which will be in September; a specific date will be determined later.


PCRA Rule 4000 Committee





Please note that PCRA is fighting for all Pennsylvania reporters, but as member dues are funding this fight, certain information is only accessible by current members on the Rule 4000 tab under 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 tab 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


Every reporter across the Commonwealth should be involved and supporting PCRA, both financially and with ideas and suggestions on this and other issues.


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 in recent fmonths or the benefit of all reporters. There is strength in numbers and that's where we'll have the most chance at success.



 PCRA Out and About
Jamie Hackman and Kathy McHugh representing PCRA at the 2015 Conference of County Bar Leadership in Lancaster.

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 Sue Kiniry of Johnstown, who was newly certified as an RDR, Leah Blum of Lansdale, who was newly certified as an RPR, Dutcheen Cameron of Harrison City, Michelle Nicholas of Throop, Kimberly Spangler of Johnstown and Marie Strouse of Stroudsburg, who were all newly certified as an RMR, and Bonita Bell of Greensburg, who was newly certified as a CRR, after the May tests.


We also congratulate Pennsylvania reporters Molly Alber and Adrian Baule of Philadelphia, both newly certified as an RPR, and Cynetha McCartha of Nanticoke, who was newly certied as a CRR, after the May tests; Joshua Woodhead of Johnstown, who was newly certified as a CLVS after the January tests; and Susan Davido-Durkovic of West Chester, who was newly certified as an RPR after the November tests.


Congratulations to all for your achievements!

Information about National Verbatim Reporters Association Remote Testing


Click here for information about remote testing for CART and captioning testers.



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.

Job Opportunities



State agency seeking experienced stenographer to take verbatim record of all words spoken during legislative proceedings.  Associate in Specialized Business Degree in Court Reporting; or possession of a valid Certificate as conferred by National Court Reporters Association, or an Associate Degree in Real-time Reporting; Or ability to record proceedings at 180 w.p.m. (literary) with 95% accuracy; education equivalent to completion of the twelfth grade; And two years of progressively responsible stenographic experience; Or any equivalent combination of acceptable experience and training.


Must have considerable knowledge of procedures and methods of recording verbatim proceedings under difficult conditions (floor debate, parliamentary procedures, etc.) with speed and accuracy.  Must be able to work independently and prioritize work in an environment with shifting priorities, with mandatory attendance for possible extended compensatory hours during session.  Salary negotiable and includes healthcare benefits and retirement.  Please send a resume detailing education and prior employment history to:

Angela C. Stalnecker

Assistant Chief Clerk

House of Representatives

129 Main Capitol

Harrisburg, PA 17120



The Schuylkill County Court of Common Pleas is accepting applications for the position of Official Court Reporter. Details of the position may be obtained upon request at Interested applicants may email their resume or send it to the Court Administrator’s Office, 401 N. Second Street, Pottsville, PA 17901.



The DC Superior Court located on Indiana Avenue in Washington, D.C., has several openings for Official Court Reporters. These reporters write realtime for their judges on a daily basis connecting serially and/or to the judge’s iPad when required.

Minimum Qualifications:  Diploma or degree from a court reporting school that is accredited by the National Court Reporters Association, plus two (2) years of experience in court reporting. In addition, candidates must be able to furnish adequate equipment for the efficient performance of duties, and must be able to lift up to forty (40) pounds. Reporter must be trained in realtime and if applicant has attained their CRR, a different page rate will apply when realtime is provided to parties. All applicants are required to have attained their RPR and be using either Case Catalyst or Eclipse software. Officials are assigned to work with a judge on a weekly basis, taking an array of different types of cases, i.e., criminal, civil, family and probate. Reporter can expect a heavy workload. Benefits include but are not limited to Annual and Sick Leave, Health Benefits, and TSP. Salary ranges from $63,722 to $105,868, plus transcript income.

To apply, please click on the following link:


10/07/2015: AccuWeather has an opening for a Real-time Closed Caption Reporter, responsible for providing a text version of the audio for viewers during a live television broadcast and also captioning pre-recorded videos used on the AccuWeather Channel and website.

Click here for a flyer with more information.

Reporters should direct questions to Kate Morris at 814-235-8596 or and submit resumes to Ms. Norris at

5/13/2015:  Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas in Norristown has immediate openings for two full-time court reporters. Candidates must have the RPR certification. They are also hiring four summer per diem court reporters. Reporters interested in these positions can send resumes to Byron Battle, Chief Reporter, at 
Click here or on the PDF below for additional information.
4/8/2015: Cambria County has an officialship opening and is seeking applications.

Click here or on the PDF below for additional information. Reporters can direct questions to Bryan Beppler at

PCRA HAS AMAZING MEMBER DISCOUNTS! JOIN NOW to take advantage of these MEMBER-ONLY discounts which can save you hundreds of dollars on things you use for your job.
  • 15 to 25% savings on Office Depot items
  • 10% off Pengad products
  • 15 to 25% off selected ProCAT products
  • NEW! 20% off Reporting Solutions' PDF-it subscription service
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 (8)
Cambria County Court Reporter: PDF File
Post Date: 4/18/2015
Montgomery County Court Reporter: PDF File
Post Date: 3/27/2015
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 - Summer 2015