Immediate Multiple Openings in PA Judical District CourtPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania
POSITION: OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER
First Judicial District of Pennsylvania
Open to promotion, transfer and new applicants
PURPOSE: To establish an eligibility list for future vacancies within the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania.
Applications are being accepted for this position. Qualified applicants may apply by submitting a completed application, cover letter and resume to the Office of Human Resources, Room 668, City Hall, Philadelphia, PA 19107. No Faxes, Please.
- High School diploma or equivalent
- Graduate of an accredited court reporting school, with certification/degree that applicant takes verbatim dictation at 180 (Literary), 200 (Jury Charge), and 225 (Q&A) words per minute.
- Proof of Registered Professional Reporter certification through the National Court Reporters Association. RPR certification must be kept current throughout the term of employment with the FJD.
- City Residency required within six (6) months of satisfactory completion of employment orientation period.
- Minimum of two (2) years of court reporting experience with RealTime capability.
- Ability to perform the essential functions of the position.
This is highly-skilled stenographic work, reporting and transcribing verbatim testimony of court proceedings through the use of a computer-aided stenotype machine. This work also involves the use of a computer to transcribe notes of testimony. Transcripts represent the official record of court; therefore, employee’s transcription skills require precise accuracy.
The following duties are normal for this position. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
- Record verbatim testimony in courtroom proceedings using a stenotype machine or a computer-aided stenotype machine.
- Read back relevant portions of record during trial, as required by presiding judge.
- Supervise/perform transcription of recorded material.
- Review and proof transcribed material.
- Manage and file records of all transcripts and documents, and flash drive or other backup storage hardware on the FJD server.
- Deliver transcripts to appropriate personnel, i.e., counsel and parties.
- Review cases and decide on proper methods of handling/processing, including reporting, transcribing and reproducing.
- Maintain statistics and records concerning hearings and transcript production for future reference.
- Order and maintain court reporting hardware and software as well as supplies used to facilitate transcription.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES REQUIRED TO PERFORM ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
- Considerable knowledge of English language, proper grammar, punctuation, spelling, syntax and sentence structure.
- Considerable knowledge of office management and recordkeeping procedures, legal and medical terminology.
- Ability to write verbatim testimony at prescribed rates of speed within specified limits of accuracy in accordance with standards established by the Court.
- Ability to focus attention for prolonged periods of time.
- Ability to work under tight schedules.
- Ability to work until assignment or transcription completion, i.e., meet deadlines within a specified time period.
- Ability to learn, within a short period of time, essential courtroom procedures, practices and policies as applicable to the court reporter’s assigned function.
- Ability to maintain effective professional working relationships with the judiciary, attorneys, colleagues and the general public.
- Ability to fully utilize and maintain an updated computerized transcription system.
- Possess RealTime writing and transcription capabilities.
CERTIFICATIONS, PROFESSIONAL DESIGNATIONS, LICENSING & OTHER PREREQUISITES
Upon hiring, Applicant must possess current RPR (Registered Professional Reporter) certification, through the National Court Reporter’s Association. Throughout tenure of employment, employee MUST maintain RPR Certification through means prescribed by the FJD and the National Court Reporter’s Association.
The First Judicial District of Pennsylvania is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the First Judicial District will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals and encourages both prospective employees and incumbents to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.