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Court Reporter Job Description

Superior Court of California

County of Calaveras

POSITION DEFINITION:

Under general supervision, provides the verbatim official record of all court testimony and activity and, when necessary, grand jury proceedings; prepares transcripts of court proceedings as directed.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

This is a highly skilled, certified, and experienced class responsible for creating verbatim documentation of court proceedings in criminal, civil, and other settings as assigned.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED AND EXERCISED:

This class receives general supervision from the Court Supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

1. Employee must have proficient knowledge of:

  1. Principles, practices, methods, and techniques of court shorthand reporting.
  2. Clerical and legal recordkeeping practices and procedures.
  3. Basic legal, medical, and related technical terminology and processes.
  4. Business English, including spelling, punctuation, vocabulary, and grammar.

2. Employee must have the ability to:

  1. Operate a stenographic machine at 200 wpm to record all court proceedings and prepare an accurate and complete official written record.
  2. Read back verbatim records in open court as required.
  3. Work independently in a courtroom environment; organize and set priorities; and perform difficult, responsible, and complex legal clerical work with speed and accuracy within required deadlines.
  4. Follow oral and written directions and use good judgment in recognizing the scope and limit of delegated authority.
  5. Remain seated in one location and concentrate for indefinite periods of time.
  6. Maintain confidential information according to legal standards and/or court regulations.
  7. Communicate effectively using the English language, both orally and in writing.
  8. Establish and maintain cooperative and professional working relationships with others, including judicial officers, attorneys, supervisors, coworkers, other agencies, and the public.

3. Employee must have and maintain the following certifications / licenses:

  1. Current certification by the State of California as a Certified Shorthand Reporter.

4. Employee must not contribute to or create a hostile work environment:

  1. Employee shall not engage in any activity that unreasonably interferes with the performance of any other employee, such as sexual harassment, unlawful discrimination or any other behavior that unduly demeans or intimidates another employee.
  2. As an essential function of this position, the employee must be able to handle high levels of stress satisfactorily and be congenial with other employees, court professionals and the public.
Source: www.calaveras.courts.ca.gov
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