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Court Reporter

**Open Until Filled**

About the Community: 
Butte County Superior Court is located in beautiful Northern California, where the valley floor meets the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains, approximately 1.5 hours north of Sacramento.  At over 1,600 square miles and with a population of approximately 225,000, Butte County is full of natural beauty and provides endless recreational opportunities.  It is home to one of the largest municipal parks in the country, Bidwell Park, which boasts over 3,600 acres of  hiking and mountain bike trails, swimming holes, picnic areas, golf and disc golf courses, and more!  Outdoor adventures also await in places like Lake Oroville, Feather Falls, Table Mountain, and Lassen and Plumas National Forests which border the county to the east.  In the county’s urban center of Chico, you’ll find a vibrant downtown, art, culture, unique restaurants, music, and weekly farmers’ markets. Right in the center of it all is the CSU, Chico campus, which provides a stunning backdrop and a variety of events and activities throughout the year.

About the Court: 
Butte County Superior Court is a unified superior court operating two facilities, one courthouse in Chico, and another courthouse in the county seat of Oroville.  All legal, operational, and administrative functions of the court are governed by the Presiding Judge and the Court Executive Officer.  
The court has thirteen judicial officers, or eleven judges and two commissioners, and approximately 135 support staff.  Despite its size, Butte is recognized throughout the state as a leader in many court collaborations, including self-help services, case management system consortiums, our highly acclaimed and model civic outreach program, and numerous multi-court employee education events. Butte County is home to a community with diverse needs, and the court continually adapts to provide effective and reliable access to justice.

About the Position:
Court Reporters stenotype or voice write a verbatim record of courtroom proceedings and provide general support to the assigned judge related to the official record.  The ideal candidate for the Court Reporter position has experience transcribing proceedings, is familiar with real time reporting, and possesses excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Full-Time: $77,084.80 to $93,704.00 per year
Part-Time: $37.06 to $45.05 per hour
Daily (Pro Tem)*: $500 per day

*Daily (Pro Tem) Court Reporters are considered extra-help employees and paid as an employee of the Court rather than as an independent contractor. 

Essential Job Functions


The following duties are typical of those performed by the incumbent in this classification; however, other duties may also be required.

  • Attends Superior Court sessions and provides computer aided reporting and transcription of proceedings through the use of specialized equipment including stenography machines or voice writing systems.
  • Reads back testimony to courts and juries.
  • Prepares transcripts within prescribed deadlines.


Typical Qualifications


Any combination of education, training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Computer aided transcription systems
  • Legal procedures and specific rules and precedents
  • Legal terminology, phraseology, documents, forms, and procedures
  • Medical terminology
  • Business English including vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation
  • Common office machines and their operation


  • Operate a computer aided transcription system
  • Perform difficult, responsible, and complex legal court reporting duties with speed and accuracy and within deadlines
  • Identify, use, and correct a wide variety of legal forms, documents, and terminology
  • Make verbatim records of court proceedings
  • Interpret and apply laws, rules, and written and oral directions to specific situations requiring the use of good judgment and minimal supervision
  • Use good judgment in recognizing the scope and limit of authority delegated
  • Follow oral and written directions
  • Work cooperatively with those contacted in the course of work
  • Must possess a computer aided transcription system
  • Must possess a California License to practice as a certified shorthand reporter issued by the Certified Shorthand Reporters Board.
  • May be required to possess or obtain by appointment date a valid California operator’s license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.


Supplemental Information


Additional Information  

Criminal History Requirement: Candidates are required to pass a criminal history background check.

License Requirement: Possession of a valid California Class C driver’s license may be required or the ability to provide alternate transportation that meets job requirements.

Physical Requirements: The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an incumbent to successfully perform the essential functions of this classification.  Reasonable accommodations may be available to a qualified individual with a disability that will enable him/her to perform the essential functions of the Court Reporter classification.

Ability to sit for extended periods of time; dexterity and coordination to handle files and single pieces of paper; frequent lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling of objects weighing up to 50 pounds; strength, dexterity and coordination and/or ability to use a computer keyboard and read a video display terminal on a daily basis; vision which can be corrected to a level sufficient to read handwritten, typed and computer generated information and data; hearing and speech ability sufficient to enable communication by telephone and in-person; ability to frequently reach for and/or twist for items above and below desk level, sometimes with the assistance of a ladder or stepstool; frequently moves from place to place within the office; frequently walks short distances; and vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and the ability to adjust focus to enable incumbent to decipher color coded files, forms, complete data entry and read operating instructions and procedures.

Work Environment: While performing the responsibilities of the Court Reporter, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment an employee will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

Work is performed in an office environment with little exposure to outdoor temperatures, dirt, or dust.  The incumbent’s working conditions are typically quiet, but may be loud at times at some locations.  The noise level and traffic level in the work environment are similar to a busy office. This role routinely uses standard office equipment.  Travel to visit other branches within the county and travel to attend professional meetings and trainings in and outside of the county may be required on a frequent basis.

Normal court business hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  This position may require occasional long hours or weekend work, however.  Alternate work shifts may occur.

Disclaimer: This document is intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by an incumbent assigned to this job classification.  It is not intended to provide an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities of incumbents so classified.

Application Process

Please submit a complete online application, including responses to the required supplemental questions, at  Applications will not be accepted by other means. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and qualified applicants will be invited to interview.

Must possess a computer aided transcription system Must possess a California License to practice as a certified shorthand reporter issued by the Certified Shorthand Reporters Board. May be required to possess or obtain by appointment date a valid California operator's license issued by the State Department of Motor Vehicles.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Vocational Certificate
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 37.06
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 45.05