CCR Board – The Board of Certified Court Reporter Examiners
This nine-member Board, composed of five judges and four court reporters, was established by the Supreme Court. It administers the CCR exam, which is now the mandatory certification for court reporters in Missouri. In addition, it is responsible for tracking reported CE credits. However, it is the responsibility of each court reporter to report their credit hours annually to the CCR Board. It is not connected with MCRA or CREC.
The members currently serving on the CCR Board are: Eastern District Appellate Court Judge Patricia Cohen, Chair, Judge Margaret M. Neill, Judge Russell E. Steele, Judge John Torrence, Judge David Lee Vincent III, Deborah McLaughlin, Angie Culler, Jim Campbell, and Joanne Martin. Registrar is Maggie Burch, and consultant to the Board is Mary K. Conway.
OSCA – Office of State Courts Administrator
This body is the administrative arm of the Supreme Court. Its function is to provide administrative support to the courts.
CREC – Court Reporter Education Committee
This committee is under the auspices of the Certified Court Reporter Board of Examiners. The chair and members must hold an officialship and are appointed by the Supreme Court. Its function is to develop, review, and accredit continuing education programs for certified court reporters in Missouri. It is not connected with MCRA. Reporters currently serving on the committee are: Joanne Martin, Chair, Dorothy Jean Brown, Mary K. Conway, Linda Dattilo, Kathy Foley, Corky Daniels, Rebecca Ramsey and Ann Sprague.
MCRA – Missouri Court Reporters Association
This professional association is a volunteer, not-for-profit organization of court reporters in the state of Missouri. Its mission is to provide continuing education for court reporters, to promote the professional welfare of court reporters, to encourage high standards of proficiency and ethics among the members of the Association, and to establish and maintain good relations with the public and the Bar. MCRA is not connected with the CCR Board or OSCA or CREC.
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR CCRs:
Each Certified Court Reporter (CCR) must complete at least 10 credit hours (10 contact hours) of continuing education each year. There are a variety of ways to earn continuing education credits, such as:
MCRA’s annual convention, which is held each fall, usually in September. Occasionally, half-day seminars are held throughout the year.
CREC-developed programs, which consist of a two-day program in the summer and a two-day seminar in the fall in conjunction with the Judicial College programs. (The two-day fall program is a duplication of the two-day summer program.) For more information, contact JoAnne Martin atJoanne.Martin@courts.mo.gov or 314-622-4787.
NCRA accredited programs www.ncraonline.org/
NVRA accredited programs www.nvra.org
Other state association seminars
Seminars offered by software vendors
Higher education courses
Adult education classes –State-sponsored Speed Contest
HOW TO REPORT CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS FOR THE MISSOURI CCR:
|If you attend a CREC-sponsored program, those points are automatically reported to the CCR Board. You do not need to do anything.|
|•||If you are a member of NCRA or NVRA and attend one of their sponsored programs, it is your responsibility to see that your points are reported to the CCR Board, either by providing proof (a copy of your transcript from that organization) or by contacting NCRA or NVRA and requesting that your transcript be sent to the CCR Board.|
|•||If you attend an MCRA-sponsored program, MCRA will have punch cards available for CCRs. It is your responsibility to make sure you obtain a card and have it punched and turned in at the end of the seminar. It will then be submitted to the CCR Board for you.|
|•||If you attend a program in another state and are not a member of NCRA or NVRA, you will probably have to use an NCRA or NVRA card and have it punched for each seminar you attend. Keep the card at the end of the seminar and send it, along with a copy of the agenda, to the CCR Board.|
Note: It is recommended that you maintain a record of CE points earned.