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12th Judicial District seeks reporter

Sarasota, Florida

Court Reporter II
State of Florida Position Number: 10447
Work Location: Sarasota County

Monthly salary (non-negotiable) - $4,370.40 per month / $52,444.80 per year
* Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certification is required at the time of hire

Position available as early as March 1, 2018. The selected candidate may have the opportunity to begin working for the court through a temporary employment agency until the State of Florida Court Reporter II position becomes available on May 1, 2018, at which time the incumbent would be transferred to a State of Florida position.

The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for an Official Court Reporter to be based in Sarasota County. The essential function of the position is to stenographically record felony court proceedings, provide Realtime to judges daily, and produce transcripts on a timely basis. The position is responsible for reporting court proceedings, performing research and proofreading and editing reported proceedings in order to produce quality transcripts. The position works under the general supervision of the Court Reporting Manager.

The position requires someone who is self-motivated, has a keen eye for detail and completes assignments timely. All Official Court Reporters are paid a monthly salary but are not paid appearance fees or for transcripts. However, a Diamante writer, laptop, maintenance of equipment, CAT software, and current updates are all provided. Also included are standard State of Florida government employee benefits.

Duties and responsibilities
 Records court proceedings stenographically utilizing a Stenograph Diamante and Case Catalyst software.
 Reads back segments of proceedings from either stenographic notes or Realtime translation.
 Transcribes and edits stenographic or Realtime notes to transcript form in compliance with applicable standards, regulations, and statutes.
 Proofreads transcripts to verify correct spelling of names, places, medical, scientific, and legal terms; researches information as required to ensure accuracy of information.
 Prints and binds certified completed transcripts, and backs up transcripts for archiving purposes.
 Archives digital stenographic notes; maintains, updates, and edits personal dictionary; and maintains accurate logs of each day’s proceedings.
 Travels to courthouses within the circuit to perform duties, as may be required.
 Completes and submits statistical reports to designated personnel.

Skills/Knowledge/Abilities needed
 Ability to stenographically report using Case Catalyst software and Realtime technology.
 Ability to hook up cables and troubleshoot with Realtime technology.
 Ability to record testimony at the standard required speed and accuracy.
 Ability to edit and translate stenographic notes, proofread transcripts, verify the correct spelling of names, places, and terms.
 Ability to print and bind completed transcripts; back up transcripts to archives; archive notes and dockets.
 Ability to interact professionally and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisors, co-workers, government officials, and the public.
 Ability to work in fast-paced, automated environment with many interruptions.
 In addition to the ability to use basic office equipment, this position also calls for computer skills: the ability to use computer applications such as Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook; searching the Internet; and the ability to learn and use new program software.

Associate's degree or the equivalent of two years of college or vocational school education in court reporting is required.

Licenses, Certifications and Registrations Required
Requires a valid certificate as a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) or higher. Realtime Reporter capability is required, and Realtime certification is preferred.

Email (preferred), fax or mail resumes, cover letter, proof of professional certification and completed State of Florida Employment Application to Tiffany Hammill, Human Resources Manager, Court Administration, P. O. Box 48927, Sarasota, FL 34237; fax (941) 861-7904; email

If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered. Applications are available at this link.

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check. The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency.

We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941-861-7811.
Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.