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Court Reporter

Superior Court of CA - Merced County   Merced, CA   Full-time     Legal
Posted on April 18, 2022
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DEFINITION

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

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

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, ) 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 judges.
  3. Prepares accurate printed or magnetic media transcripts (including ASCII disks); reviews and certifies printed transcripts of court proceeding 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 situation 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.

WORK HOURS

As directed, per Division needs, including overtime.

SUPERVISORY DUTIES

None

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

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

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

Education:

  • Educational level equivalent to a high school diploma or GED

Experience:

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

License, Certification and/or Special Requirements:

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