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Officialship - Arkansas - Western District

US District Court Seeks Reporter in Arkansas





LOCATION:       El Dorado, Arkansas 

Classification Level/Salary Range:                   

Level 1:      $74,114
Level 2:      $77,819
Level 3:      $81,525
Level 4:      $85,231 

The United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas is accepting applications for the position of Official Court Reporter.  The position will be assigned and provide support to the Honorable Susan O. Hickey.   All official court reporters serve at the pleasure of the Court.  The court reporter’s duties and conditions of employment are primarily determined by 28 U.S.C. Section 753, the Judicial Conference of the United States and the Court.



The Official Court Reporter is responsible for recording verbatim testimony of court sessions or other proceedings as specified by statute, rule or order of the court. The reporter is required to be realtime proficient and to utilize computer-assisted transcription; realtime certification is preferred.    Method of reporting may be by steno machine or voice mask.

Fees for transcripts sold to private parties are established by the Judicial Conference.  These fees belong to the Official Court Reporter. Copies of all transcripts are required to be filed with the clerk of court.  Transcripts requested by the Court must be furnished without charge.  Official Court Reporters are responsible for purchasing office supplies, postage, expenses associated with mailing services and office equipment, including all computer hardware and software that is directly related to the performance of the court reporter duties and responsibilities.



To qualify for a position of Official Court Reporter, the candidate must possess at least four years of prime court reporting experience in the freelance field of service or in other courts or a combination thereof, and have qualified by testing for listing on the registry of Professional Reporters of the National Court Reporting Association (NCRA) or passed an equivalent qualifying exam.


All candidates must have the ability to record 180 words per minute on literary matter, 200 words per minute for jury charge, and 225 words per minute for testimony.
All candidates must be skilled in the use of computer-aided transcription equipment.
It is preferred that all candidates have successfully completed a certified realtime examination offered by the National Court Reporters Association or equivalent qualifying examination.   
It is preferred that all candidates possess a Certificate of Merit from the National Court Reporters Association.

Salary Compensation Levels 

For pay levels above Level 1, the candidate must meet the qualifications in Level 1 and the following:
Level 2:      Must possess a Registered Merit Reporter Certificate from the NCRA or NVRA or have successfully passed an equivalent exam.
Level 3:      Must have sucessfully completed the certified realtime exam offered by the NCRA or an equivalent exam.
Level 4:      Level 4 requires two steps.  First, candidates must possess a Registered Merit Reporter Certificate from the NCRA or NVRA, or successfully passed an equivalent exam; and second, successful completion of the certified realtime reporter exam offered by the NCRA, or an equivalent exam. 


Employee Benefits 

Benefit information may be viewed at  Job Opportunity - Official Court Reporter  - Benefits.

Notice To Applicants


Employees of the United States District Court must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.
Employees of the United States District Court are Excepted Service Appointments.  Excepted service appointments are at will and can be terminated with or without cause by the Court.
Employees are required to use Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.
Candidate will be hired provisionally pending the results of a criminal background check.


How To Apply 

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter,  resume, test scores or NCRA certificate, realtime certificate (if candidate is realtime certified) and references.  Application packages may be submitted via e-mail to or mailed to:


Mary Sue Jones
Operations Manager
U.S. District Court
Judge Isaac C. Parker Federal Building
30 S. 6th Street
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901. 


To ensure consideration applications should be received on or before February 3, 2014.

Specific questions concerning the position may be directed to Christopher R. Johnson, Clerk of Court, 479-783-6833 or via e-mail at