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 PCRA 2019 Annual Convention

APRIL 5-7, 2019 CONVENTION!!!!

The PCRA 2019 Convention will be held
at the Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, PA.

PCRA is proud to announce the addition of three new sessions that will be offered at the April 5-7, 2019 Convention.

Saturday, April 6 from 9:00 am - 10:30 am
ProCAT Winner - Realtime Ready!
Presented by: Pam Dogger
Join realtime writer, Pam Dogger, who will show you how to get the most out of your Winner software and Case.Pad.  Pam has been a certified trainer for ProCAT for many years, and writes realtime daily.  Pam will also be sharing shortcuts in editing, and helping you to improve your productivity.  In addition, see and learn the benefits of the Xpression writer by ProCAT.

Saturday, April 6 from 10:45 am - 12:15 pm
What’s New in Eclipse Version 9 
Presented by: Michael Starkman
This session will be covering some of the awesome new features and enhancements in Eclipse Version 9.

Sunday, April 7 from 10:15 am-11:45 am
How Processing Trauma Affects Reporters—and What To Do About It
Presented by: Carola E. Green
This workshop examines trauma and its impact on court interpreters. It will distinguish the difference between stress and vicarious trauma, including burnout. The focus will then shift to research-based ways to prevent, or reduce the impact of, vicarious trauma. It will also consider the parallels and relationships between court interpreters and court reporters in the context of trauma. This presentation explores best practices for trauma-informed services, specific strategies for working effectively with witnesses and victims of violent crime in court settings, and assisting court users in public service areas in stressful matters such as domestic violence, sexual assault, custody, support, dependency, and violent crime.

The Sunday, April 7 session on "Wellness and the use of Essential Oils" has been cancelled.

2019 PCRA Annual Convention Registration

You will need to login to register for this event.

 If you want to register by phone please call
Tim Bower at 856-298-0480



PCRA April 2019 Convention Registration Brochure

 Book your hotel sleeping room/s now!
We have reserved a block of guest rooms for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights
at a discounted rate of ONLY $149 PER NIGHT. Please make your reservations
directly with the hotel, and do so IMMEDIATELY, as the discounted room rate is only guaranteed until March 15, 2019 or the rooms sell out, by calling 717-233-6000. Be sure to reference you are with the PCRA Convention group to receive the discount. If you need assistance please call Tim Bower at 856-298-0480.

 The hotel is the Hilton Harrisburg at 1 North Second Street, Harrisburg, PA 17101.

PCRA 2019 Membership Renewals


If you have not received a renewal notice by
email please send an email to

(paying by mail or faxing the information in) 

PCRA appreciates your continued support.  Your membership renewal allows 
PCRA to continue to support you in your professional career.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact the PCRA 

Phone: 856-298-0480



PCRA Annual Business Meeting and Election Information

Pursuant to Article VII of the Bylaws, the Nominating Committee respectfully submits the following recommended slate of officers for the 2019-2020 year:

Melissa Keating, RPR – President
Linda Larson, CSR, RPR, CLR, CRI – President-Elect
Colleen Wentz, RMR, CRR - Secretary-Treasurer

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 3 (E) of the Bylaws, this slate will be voted upon at the Annual Business Meeting, which will be held at the Hilton Harrisburg in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Saturday, April 6, 2019.

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 3 (D) of the Bylaws, any nomination challenging a proposed nominee shall be received via U.S. Postal Service, certified mail, return receipt requested, at the business address of PCRA at least thirty (30) days prior to the Annual Meeting. Said challenging nominee must be supported by the signatures of at least twenty-five (25) members eligible to vote and consist of not more than five (5) from any one District. The Secretary-Treasurer shall be responsible for confirming the signatures and the good standing of the members. Such nomination(s) and supporting material shall be continuously posted in the registration area of the annual or special meeting.

Susan E. Kiniry, RDR, Chair of the Nominating Committee
Nominating Committee Members:  Lillian Freiler, RMR, CMRS; Donna Cascio, RDR, CMRS; Nativa Wood, RDR CMRS; Kathleen McHugh, RPR, CRR



 Looking For A Career Change? Try Court Reporting!




Click here to join or renew PCRA membership!  PCRA members receive discounts on all CEUs, have access to industry resources, receive PCRA’s quarterly newsletter, and so much more!  PCRA membership is the only way to stay connected to regulations and opportunities in the Commonwealth.  




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Your Dream Job is calling!  Find out more about a super rewarding career in court reporting.  


Six-Figure Salaries!  Very real for just 2 Years of College.  Just ask CBS Pittsburgh.


Ready for school?  List of court reporting programs is here.    

***Information on Rule 4000**


June 8, 2018 Update

Rule 4000 changes have been published in PA Bulletin

As a result of PCRA’s ongoing representation on the Committee on Uniform Rules Governing Court Reporting and Transcripts, where we have tirelessly advocated for all court reporters in Pennsylvania, certain portions of Rule 4000 have been clarified. Of greatest importance is the Section 4000(D)(1), where COPY RATES FOR TRANSCRIPTS ARE LISTED.  Please Click here for more information on the updated COPY RATES.


The PCRA Board of Directors issued a Position Statement on Rule 4000. (posted November 2016)

PCRA leaders hosted a webinar to review the new rules and to answer qestions. To listen to the presentation, click here.  Or download the presentation slides. (posted August 2016)

To access PCRA's FAQ on the new rules, click here.  

Job Openings           

Bucks County Justice Center, Doylestown, PA is looking for a full-time Court Reporter.  Click here for more information. This position is open until filled.  (Added March 2019) 


Official Court Reporter – Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Dauphin County will be accepting applications to fill a vacancy on March 22, 2019, for Official Court Reporter in the Court of Common Pleas in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.  The position is full-time.  Case Catalyst software and Diamante writer are provided. For further details or to apply, visit  after March 22, 2019.   For questions, contact Heather Artz, RMR, CRR, CRC, (Added February 2019)


Schuylkill County Courthouse, Pottsville, PA is looking for a full time Court Reporter. Click here for more information. This position is open until filled. (Added August 2018)


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!

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.



Congratulations to Pennsylvania Reporters with New Certifications! 

PCRA would like to congratulate the following reporters on earning their RPR. Congratulations to your achievement!

Diane Foltz

Heather Artz


Information about National Verbatim Reporters Association Remote Testing


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

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
  • 20% off Reporting Solutions' PDF-it subscription service
  • 25% off the set-up fee for RepAgencyWorks Court Reporting Management Software
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!




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