Court Reporter

Merced Superior Court   Merced, CA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on January 8, 2023
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**Hiring Incentive**  $4,000 payable upon completion of the Introductory Period.

Under general supervision, this specialized clerical-level position records and transcribes verbatim stenographic accounts of official court proceedings and performs other duties, as assigned.

This is the entry and journey level of the Court Reporter series. This class is distinguished from the higher-level Senior Court Reporter class in that the latter is responsible for leading and coordinating the work of Court Reporters and performing the more difficult work assigned to the series.


The following duties are normal for this position. The omission of specific statements of the duties does not exclude them from the classification if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment for this classification. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  1. Records verbatim testimony and court proceedings (including exhibits, evidence, speakers, etc.) using stenographic equipment; asks judge for clarification of instructions, orders, or other actions to properly note the official record.
  2. Reads back all or portions of the official court proceedings upon instruction from the judge.
  3. Prepares accurate printed or magnetic media transcripts (including ASCII disks); reviews and certifies printed transcripts of court proceedings. Prepares transcript billings to the court.
  4. Maintains a variety of electronic and paper files of that portion of the court record for which the reporter is directly responsible, prepares daily transcripts as needed, and provides transcripts of proceedings on request of parties or by order of the court within deadlines.
  5. Research legal reference materials for court reporting clarification.
  6. Responds appropriately to situations. Follow verbal and written directions.
  7. Must be able to be flexible with work hours (ex: court proceedings, grand jury hearings) and work past 5:00p.m. when needed. Attend training as offered and/or directed. Travel to off-site courts, as needed.
  8. Maintain professional appearance and demeanor.
  9. Follow Court Rules and Regulations, Safety Procedures, and Court Code of Ethics.
  10. Must work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines.
  11. Must, at all times, demonstrate cooperative behavior with co-workers, and management.
  12. Other duties as assigned.


As directed, per Division needs, including overtime.



Educational level equivalent to a high school diploma or GED

Any combination of training and experience that provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities

Certification/License Required:

  • Possession of Certified Shorthand Reporter's license issued by the Court Reporters Board of California
  • Possession of Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) issued by the NCRA is highly desirable

Necessary Employment Standards
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Provide, maintain, and use personal equipment for reporting and transcribing
  • Stenographically report at a rate of 200 words per minute minimum
  • Legal, medical and administrative terminology, phraseology, documents and procedures, as well as courtroom procedures and protocol
  • Effective communication skills - verbal and written - in person, over the telephone and in writing with public, attorneys, co-workers, supervisors, managers, commissioners and judges; knowledge of correct English usage, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation
  • Analyze data, interpret directions, procedures and regulations, and develop appropriate responses
  • Must work well under pressure, meeting multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines
  • Maintain confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or other regulations
  • Possess excellent organizational and listening skills; work independently and prioritize work
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, co-workers, supervisors, judges,commissioners, independent contractors and other management; work effectively with and assist individuals of various ages and diverse cultural backgrounds; deal tactfully and courteously with the public and legal representatives in providing information about court functions and proceedings
  • Be dependable, punctual and have good attendance
  • Must successfully complete fingerprinting and Criminal Record Background check

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Appellate court procedures knowledge and/or experience
  • Familiarity with local attorneys in order to properly identify
  • Realtime reporting knowledge and/or experience

A valid class C California driver's license required or self-arranged transportation; driver must have an acceptable driving record; the requirement will be reviewed on a position basis in accordance with ADA regulations.



Performance Aptitudes
Data Utilization: Requires the ability to review, classify, categorize, prioritize, and/or analyze data; includes exercising discretion in determining data classification, and in referencing such analysis to established standards for the purpose of recognizing actual or probable interactive effects and relationships.

Human Interaction: Requires the ability to apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others in coordinating activities of a project, program, or designated area of responsibility.

Equipment, Machinery, Tools, and Materials Utilization: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver, and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, and/or advisory data, and information.

Mathematical Aptitude: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.

Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.

Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness, and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.

Physical Ability:

  • Strength, dexterity, coordination, and vision to use a keyboard, computer monitor, and other office equipment on a daily basis and for extended periods of time
  • Fine finger manipulations, dexterity, and coordination to handle files and single pieces of paper
  • Forceful and repetitive gripping, grasping, and pinching
  • Occasional lifting and carrying of objects weighing up to 40 lbs.
  • Frequent reaching for items on shelves, above, at, and below desk/shoulder level
  • Exert up to 20 lbs. of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move, torque, twist, push and pull objects
  • Frequently sit for extended periods; frequently stand for extended periods; and frequently walk, move, bend, stoop, lift, and stretch
  • Able to move to different locations such as, but not limited to: courtrooms, clerk's offices, various departments, other court facilities, and desk assignments based on the operational needs of the Court
  • Able to traverse inside and outside over uneven ground and pavement
  • Perform repetitive writing, typing, copying
  • Employees are regularly required to verbally communicate both in person and by telephone
  • Corrected hearing and vision to normal range

Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate colors or shades of colors, sounds, and visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.

Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS:  Convictions, depending on the type, number and date, may be disqualifying.  Court employees shall be subject to a modified background investigation and fingerprinting.  False statements or omission of facts regarding background or employment history may result in disqualification or dismissal.