Job ID: 16363
Agency: Unified Judicial System, First Judicial Circuit
Salary: Court Reporter $24.07 to $25.28 per hour, depending on experience; or Computer Assisted Court Recorder $17.68 per hour
Closing date: Open Until Filled
For more information on the Unified Judicial System, please visit http://ujs.sd.gov.
The position can be hired as a Computer Assisted Court Recorder or Court Reporter depending on applicant qualifications.
The Court Reporter position reports, transcribes, and serves as the guardian of the verbatim stenographic record of official court proceedings in an accurate, impartial, and confidential manner. Scheduling the Judge’s court calendar to ensure hearings and trials are held in a timely manner and does not conflict with the other court schedule/event; preparing correspondence, answering the telephone and taking messages, and responding to attorneys’ or parties’ inquiries on behalf of the Judge to ensure timely response.
The Computer Assisted Court Recorder uses computer-assisted digital audio recording systems to record judicial proceedings in a circuit court by setting up both portable and fixed equipment and testing it before each hearing where it is used, operating the equipment during proceedings including marking testimony and retrieving it for playback when requested, and maintaining an inventory of recorded cases that may be retrieved and copied to other mediums; and prepares transcripts of testimony when requested to provide administrative support for Judges.
Court Reporter: Per South Dakota State statute, additional compensation is given per page for transcripts, $3.00/original and $.40/copy. Depending on the location transcript work can be moderate to extensive. Court reporters may be allowed to freelance and perform outside depositional work that does not involve the recording and/or transcribing of official judicial system court proceedings outside of normal office hours and for additional compensation as court calendars permit.
5% increase in salary after successful completion of CRR (Certified Real-time Reporter) certification.
Graduation from an accredited court reporting school with the ability to type 225 words per minute with 97% accuracy. South Dakota Notary Public is required to swear in witnesses in the courtroom. No experience is necessary.
Preference will be given to candidates who possess a RPR (Registered Professional Reporter) certification.
Computer Assisted Court Recorder: Computer Assisted Court Recorders are required to have graduated from high school or possess of a GED certificate and three (3) years of experience in an office setting; or an equivalent combination of related education and experience. Experience in a court environment is preferred.
Successful completion of a criminal background investigation is required for employment.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of:
- courtroom procedures, standards, and ethics;
- legal terminology and processes;
- producing courtroom transcripts;
- English language including meaning, spelling, rules, and grammar;
- court reporter equipment and software and recording equipment.
- write shorthand at least 225 words per minute with 95% accuracy;
- stay up-to-date with changes in terminology, slang, and reporting procedures;
- troubleshoot and solve court reporter computer equipment and software issues;
- concentrate and focus for extended periods of time;
- listen to emotional testimony without reacting or forming opinions;
- maintain confidential information and proceedings;
- meet timeframes and deadlines in producing transcripts;
- schedule proceedings with multiple parties;
- communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally;
- maintain a professional demeanor when proceedings become emotional and volatile.
Unified Judicial System
500 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Phone: (605) 773-4867 Fax: (605) 773-8437
“An Equal Opportunity Employer”