Job Announcement
Court Reporter
District Court, Mandan, ND

Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Status: Full Time/Regular Position
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt
Position No: 180-00501
Recruitment: Internal/External

Salary & Benefits:
$4,280 monthly; plus additional compensation per page for civil and non-indigent criminal transcripts. Position provides excellent benefits package including employer paid family health insurance premiums and retirement contributions and generous vacation and sick leave accruals, visit: http://www.ndcourts.gov/scbenefitsummary.pdf. Stenographic equipment and software also provided.

Qualifications/Requirements:
Requires a high school diploma, graduation from an approved program in court reporting and one year of previous court reporting experience involving verbatim transcription in a legal setting. Graduates with no experience may be considered at a training wage of $4,109 monthly.

Application Process:
Applications must be submitted online at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/ndcourts/default.cfm. Any form of paper or other electronic application will not be accepted.

The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.

Applicants who are residents of North Dakota and are eligible to claim veteran's preference must include a copy of their DD Form 214. Claims for disabled veteran's preference must also include a current statement of disabled status from the North Dakota Veteran's Affairs Office.

Persons needing accommodation or assistance in the application process may call Human Resources at (701) 328-4216.

Summary of Work:
The Court Reporter is responsible for making a verbatim record of district and juvenile court trials, proceedings and other matters using computer-aided transcription, shorthand and/or audio recording equipment, writing court logs, noting appearances and essential events during proceedings, and providing transcripts, as required. Positions assigned to this classification provide administrative and secretarial support to a district judge and court staff, assist in calendar control and scheduling, and may serve as a liaison between the district judge and others in matters handled by the judge.

The Court Reporter is distinguished from other administrative and court management support positions in that it requires a completion of a specialized course of training and the ongoing development of a CAT lexicon and unique keystrokes for adequate recording speed and the distinction of homophones. Employees assigned to this classification establish certain routines and processes as well as follow routines and processes established by others. Additionally, this position is personally responsible for the production of all required and requested transcripts.

A court reporter who attains and maintains National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) realtime certification (CRR) and who regularly provides realtime reporting services would receive a one-step increase. (“Regularly provides realtime” means realtime is used frequently enough by the reporter so that the reporter maintains his or her proficiency.)

Essential Functions:
1. Accurately records, transcribes, and certifies the record of court and jury trial proceedings by computer-aided equipment per state and appellate requirements. Responsibility also requires taking court notes during hearings to identify appearances and to note significant events during the hearing and to locate and present prior testimony. Travel to other counties within and outside of the district for court proceedings assigned to the district judge is also required.

2. Performs clerking duties in courtroom, administers oaths, marks documents, maintains logs and other forms, and transfers stenographic notes, files and records to the clerk of district court for reference.

3. Prepares and distributes official transcripts and related documents.

4. Coordinates meetings and maintains the calendar for the judge and his or her court schedule. Schedules trials and other court proceedings, unless done by a calendar clerk and in cooperation with the clerk of court, and informs parties of the same.

5. Provides secretarial and clerical support to the district judge by preparing, transcribing, and proofing all correspondence, findings, orders, jury instructions, memorandum or other materials.

6. Performs a variety of clerical and administrative tasks that may include: scheduling rotation of court reporter pool, answering phones, maintaining and purchasing office supplies, maintaining law library, arranging appointments and travel reservations, scheduling and notifying parties of meetings and proceedings, performing related scheduling functions, and preparing expense vouchers.

7. Serves as primary contact for case-related information as requested. Greets visitors, screens telephone calls and correspondence, provides information, explains policies and procedures or refers, as appropriate. Acts as a liaison between the district judge and personnel from other agencies, the general public, and attorneys.

8. Performs other duties of a comparable level or type.

Knowledge Requirements:
1. Considerable knowledge of stenograph and shorthand dictation methods.
2. Considerable knowledge of Computer Aided Transcription software.
3. Considerable knowledge of research methods and resources.
4. Considerable knowledge of technical terminology.
5. Considerable knowledge of business English, punctuation and grammar.
6. Considerable knowledge of electronic recording equipment.
7. Knowledge of secretarial practices and procedures.
8. Knowledge of office systems, procedures and equipment.
9. Knowledge of word processing and internet software.
10. Knowledge of Realtime captioning and Caseview transcription applications.
11. Knowledge of court rules and procedures.

Skill Requirements:
1. Stenograph machine skills.
2. Computer Aided Transcription software skills.
3. Recordkeeping skills.
4. Skilled in the use of word processing and internet applications.
5. Skilled in accurate transcription from audio recordings.
6. Elementary legal research skills.
7. Written communication skills.
8. Proofreading and editorial skills.
9. Interpersonal skills to deal effectively with all levels of personnel and the public.

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

An Equal Opportunity Employer:
The State of North Dakota does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information, or disability in employment or the provision of services, and complies with the provisions of the North Dakota Human Rights Act.