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Overview

NOTE:  Salary range listed above includes the 6% real-time stipend (calculated at 80 hours worked per pay period).

Transcription Rate: Transcripts are billed pursuant to Government Code Section 69950:  Folios are calculated by multiplying pages times 3.5.

DEFINITION 
Under the direction of the Court Services Manager and/or Supervising Court Reporter, an Official Court Reporter or Voice Writer reports and transcribes the verbatim record of official court proceedings, prepares and certifies transcripts, and, at the direction of the Court, reads the record aloud in court in accordance with applicable Government Codes, Rules of Court, and Statutes.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS
Court Reporters and Voice Writers provide their own reporting or voice writing and transcription equipment, software, and other materials per Government Code Section 70313. Official Court Reporters and Voice Writers maintain their own reporting notes (which is the official record of the Court) on a court provided electronic storage system.  Preparation of transcripts is accomplished outside of regular working hours.  Government Code Section 69950 authorizes Official Court Reporters and Voice Writers to charge, as independent contractors, a standard fee for transcription.
EXAMPLE OF DUTIES
Stenographically, or by use of voice writing equipment, reports verbatim court proceedings by use of Computer-Aided Transcription (CAT) equipment and software, and may request clarification from judicial officers and other speakers when necessary to ensure accuracy.

Reads back record of proceedings at the direction of the Court.

May be asked to perform real time reporting.

Transports, set up, and maintains personal court reporting or voice writing equipment at the designated work location.
Prepares and produces transcripts and copies of transcripts in proper legal form within the timelines required by applicable code sections, California Rules of Court, and statutes for the requesting party.

Perform other duties as assigned by the Bench Officers, Manager and/or Supervisor.

May be asked to report Grand Jury proceedings.
QUALIFICATIONS/REQUIREMENTS

LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
Possession of a valid Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) or Voice Writer certification issued by the Court Reporters Board of California.

Knowledge of:

-Applicable federal and state statutes, regulations, and state and local rules relating to court reporting, voice writing and transcription;
-Specialized vocabulary used in legal proceedings; including complex legal, medical, technical, and administrative terminology, phraseology, documents, and procedures;
-English grammar and usage, spelling, vocabulary, and punctuation;
-Techniques and procedures of court reporting or voice writing and the use of related materials and transcription equipment; and
-Legal practices, courtroom procedures and protocol, and types of cases and proceedings heard in the Superior Court.
Ability to: 
-Operate a stenotype machine or voice writing equipment and computer to report all court proceedings and prepare an accurate and complete official written record;
-Sit and report verbatim proceedings accurately at sustained speed and duration for long periods of time;
-Identify speakers properly;
-Accurately reflect the introduction of exhibits or evidence;
-Proficiently read back testimony in open court;
-Promptly prepare printed or electronic transcripts of proceedings, and meet deadlines as required;;
-Maintain confidentiality of information where legal standards so require;
-Establish and maintain effective working relationships with bench officers, court staff, court users, attorneys, and others in the course of work; and
-Coordinate work with judicial, support, and administrative staff and work within court policies, procedures, and systems.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION INFORMATION
Carefully complete your application, attach a copy of your CSR or Voice Writer certification, and submit by the final filing date.
Complete all requested information fully.
Incomplete applications will not be processed and your application will be rejected if you write statements such as “See/Refer to Resume” or “See Attached.”
It is important that your application show all the relevant education and experience you possess.
Minimum requirements must be met at the time of filing.
If you held multiple positions with the same employer, please list each job title and duties separately.
The work experience portion of your application profile should account for all employment within the last 10 years, including your current or most recent position.  Include U.S. Military Service, self-employment, and relevant unpaid volunteer work.
Explain gaps between any employment periods by way of a separate attachment to the application.
Incomplete application materials, false statements, omission of a material fact, or partial information will result in disqualification.

A cover letter and resume are encouraged, but are not accepted as a replacement for your application.

If you submit multiple applications, ONLY your most recent application and attachments will be considered.

A qualifications appraisal committee will review applications and requested materials, and only the best-qualified candidates will be invited to test and interview for this position.  Meeting the announced requirements does not guarantee inclusion into the selection process. All correspondence regarding the selection process is sent via email.

The Court reserves the right to modify the selection/examination process at its discretion.

Shasta County Superior Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Arrangements may be made to accommodate applicants with disabilities by informing Human Resources in writing or by telephone at the time of application.

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: Vocational Certificate
Driver's License Required: Yes
Hiring Requirements for This Job:
  • Background Checks
  • Reference Check
  • Minimum Hourly Wage: 38
    Maximum Hourly Wage: 49
    Accessible by Public Transportation: Yes