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National Court Reporting and
Captioning Week

February 16-22 recognized as National Court Reporting and Captioning Week. GSRA will join the second annual nationwide effort to recognize professionals, career opportunities in stenographic court reporting and captioning.

What can you do for National Court Reporting and Captioning Week? Spread the word! Please talk to your clients, your friends, your associates – everyone. Here is a link to NCRA’s resources for your use: www.ncra.org/meetings

For a schedule of events, click here.

Plans are underway to partner with Brown College of Court Reporting to promote National Court Reporting and Captioning Week. There will be activities throughout the week concluding with an Open House and Fair on Saturday, February 22nd. Stayed tuned for a complete schedule of events or if you would like to volunteer to speak or help out during the week, please contact Cheryl Gilliam at 404-612-2911 or contact@gsra.org


New Policy

Superior Court of Fulton County: As of May 15,2015, all court reporters will be required to be certified as a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR)

Click here to read Policy 2014-001: Standards for Court Reporter in Superior Court (Certification and Skills)



Newly Certified, NOVEMBER 2013 TEST RESULTS

Congratulations to those members who became Newly Certified as of the November Skills Tests.

Kendra James, RDR, CRR Covington, GA
Penny L. Pritty Coudriet, RMR, CRR, CBC, CCP, Cumming, GA

Congratulations, Ladies!



Time to Renew your GSRA Membership for 2014

2014 GSRA/GCCRA Technology Seminar Registration Now Open



Board of Court Reporting, Board Brief

Important Announcement

Dear Certified Court Reporters and Registered Firms,
I am excited to announce that the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) will release the Internet-based Georgia Courts Registrar with the launch of the 2014 renewal season for court reporters and firms. The Registrar is an online user interface developed for court professionals licensed by judicial branch organizations supported by the AOC.
This interface will allow you, the state’s court reporters and firms, to enter profile information, upload documents, track renewal progress, and communicate with staff through a secure user account. AOC personnel will also be available through a customer call center. The new automated process will model industry standard interfaces used for data input and registration and should streamline and improve the annual registration procedure. It is our hope that the Registrar will improve your customer experience.
Please look for additional information in the next several weeks as we provide further details about using the Registrar. Feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have. We look forward to working with you!

Sincerely,
Marla S. Moore
Director, Administrative Office of the Courts




Mary Caldwell was the winner of the Stenograph Duet Rolling Case. Thank you to all who entered!

Student liaison Matt Moss was also an award winner. Well done!








Julie Brandau Foundation and the National Search Dog Foundation

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Learn more about the National Search Dog Foundation and make a donation today


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Drug Court

Recent graduates of Drug Court

GSRA President Cheryl Gilliam and GSRA Vice President Melanie Fisher with Judge Doris Downs from Drug Court



Deals For Members

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Association Office Depot Program

Reporting Solutions is excited to offer a 20% discount for PDF-it service

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President’s Message

Cheryl Gilliam

Recently GSRA and GCCRA had their Fall seminar at The Ridges in Hiawassee, GA. We had a great turnout, and it was a fantastic weekend with informative and entertaining speakers, remembering and honoring our fallen comrade Julie Brandau, learning how to be better reporters, seeing old friends, and making new ones. We compiled the results of our Court Reporter Opinion Questionnaire. The number one response by both associations was a belief that the most important thing discussed and necessary was the Defense Fund and how crucial it will be for this upcoming legislative session to have our lobbyist representing our interests now more than ever. Our Boards are united in this belief and have gotten the ball rolling by raising 1500 towards the fund, and we received several donations that weekend and since, but we cannot do this without your help.

There are 1300 court reporters in the State of Georgia. If everyone gave at least $100, that would be more than enough to fund our lobbyist, and it wouldn't fall to just the few to carry the load when it benefits so many. We must raise $12,000, and if the funding is not there by December 31, 2013, we will not be able to have a lobbyist for 2014. We have seen how having a lobbyist this year stopped ER being listed as another method of reporting. And like 2013, 2014 is again a decisive year for court reporters in Georgia. So please join GSRA and GCCRA in contributing to this very important fund by clicking on the button at the bottom of this page and make your donation today. You can also go to gsra.org or gccra.org or set up an automatic draft from your bank to the Defense Fund or mail a check to GSRA at 3659 Chattahoochee Summit Drive, Atlanta, GA 30339. 100% of this campaign goes to protecting our profession, your career. As you see, there are many ways to give, and it doesn't have to be all at one time or in one lump sum, but we ALL need to give, and with your generous donation, you too will be saying that your career and your livelihood are too important to leave to chance. Together, we are stronger.

Cheryl Gilliam, RMR
GSRA President



Ethics: What's the Big Deal?

What is the big deal? It's simple: A certified shorthand reporter is a neutral officer of the court, as is a judge, a clerk and a bailiff, and are statutorily prohibited under the codes of professional conduct from undisclosed contracting, unfair and/or inequitable provision of services and billing. And, Registered Professional Reporters certified by the National Court Reporters Association MUST abide by the Code of Professional Ethics.

You would be shocked if a judge had a contract with one of the parties-in-interest. You should feel equally violated if your neutral court reporter is a captured, third-party contractor as well.

On April 22, 2013, Magna Legal Services filed suit against the Arizona Board of Certified Reporters and its individual members, burdening Arizona taxpayers with defending said suit in an effort to boost its corporate profits back in Philadelphia.

If you are interested in contributing to help offset the cost of ACRA's endeavors to advocate for the Arizona Board of Certified Reporters and their enduring efforts to preserve the neutrality and impartiality of court reporters as officers of the court, you can make a contribution to the ACRA Professional Preservation Fund (PPF) through the ACRA Online Store. https://netforum.avectra.com



Promoting Our Profession

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