Court Reporter

Aberdeen, SD
Full-time

15+ days
Job Category: Legal
Position type: Full-time
Job schedule: Day shift
Salary: 28.01 - 29.42
Location: Aberdeen, SD Aberdeen, SD

$2,000 New Hire Incentive & Eligible for Reimbursement of Interview & Moving Expenses 

Job ID: 27260
Agency: Unified Judicial System, Fifth Judicial Circuit
Location: Aberdeen
Salary: $28.01 to $29.42 per hour, depending on experience
Closing date: Open Until Filled

For more information on the Unified Judicial System, please visit http://ujs.sd.gov.

The Mission of the South Dakota Unified Judicial System is to provide Justice for All.

Our employees are our most valuable resource and crucial to accomplishing our mission. We seek talented and motivated individuals to be the face of the court system and help ensure that the Court and all the people that come before it receives the highest level of service. Our dedicated staff work to enhance community safety and ensure victim’s rights while treating all individuals with dignity and respect.

The Unified Judicial System offers a comprehensive benefits package consisting of 10-12 paid holidays every year, extensive sick and vacation leave, paid family leave, military training leave, health, and flexible benefits, regular working hours, continuing education opportunities, retirement benefits, a great working environment, and more.

Role and Responsibilities

Position Purpose:
The position reports, transcribes, and serves as the guardian of the verbatim stenographic record of official court proceedings in an accurate, impartial, and confidential manner. Duties may include:

  • attending court sessions and providing verbatim reporting on those proceedings to ensure justice is upheld and providing the necessary written verbatim record as to whether procedures, laws, and statutes were appropriately followed in order to determine whether a decision should be upheld or reversed;
  • transcribing and producing transcripts requested by the Judge and other court personnel in regard to proceedings that have been reported;
  • scheduling the Judge's court calendar to ensure hearings and trials are held in a timely manner and do not conflict with the other court schedule/events;
  • preparing correspondence, answering the telephone and taking messages, and responding to attorneys' or parties' inquiries on behalf of the Judge to ensure timely responses;
  • performing other work as assigned depending on the Circuit/Judge.

Knowledge and Experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • courtroom procedures, standards, and ethics;
  • legal terminology and processes;
  • producing courtroom transcripts;
  • English language, including meaning, spelling, rules, and grammar;
  • court reporter equipment and software and recording equipment.

Ability to:

  • write shorthand at least 225 words per minute with 95% accuracy;
  • stay up-to-date with changes in terminology, slang, and reporting procedures;
  • troubleshoot and solve court reporter computer equipment and software issues;
  • concentrate and focus for extended periods of time;
  • listen to emotional testimony without reacting or forming opinions;
  • maintain confidential information and proceedings;
  • meet timeframes and deadlines in producing transcripts;
  • schedule proceedings with multiple parties;
  • communicate effectively, both in writing and verbally;
  • maintain a professional demeanor when proceedings become emotional and volatile.

Required qualifications

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from an accredited or non-accredited court reporting school with a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification and the ability to type 225 words per minute with 95% accuracy. South Dakota Notary Public is required to swear in witnesses in the courtroom. No experience is necessary.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background investigation is required for employment.
  • 5% increase in salary after successful completion of CRR (Certified Real-time Reporter) certification.

The fee for the preparation of a transcript from a court reporter's notes of evidence is $3.60 per page for the original. The fee for a copy, furnished on request, is $0.65 per page, to be paid to the officer of the court who prepared the transcript. Depending on the location transcript work can be moderate to extensive. Court reporters may be allowed to freelance and perform outside depositional work that does not involve the recording and/or transcribing of official judicial system court proceedings outside of normal office hours and for additional compensation as court calendars permit.

Additional Benefits Info

You may view our benefits information at https://ujs.sd.gov/uploads/pubs/Come_work_for_us.pdf.

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Governor Kristi Noem’s goal is to create a culture in state government centered around servant leadership, the voters, and the taxpayers. South Dakota ranks among the top in the nation when it comes to unemployment rates, has a higher-than-average labor participation rate, and is proud to be a right-to-work state. South Dakota’s low cost of living, reasonable regulatory climate, and good quality of life are just a few of the reasons to consider living and working here. 

Whether you are searching for a job, posting a job, or just looking for employment opportunities in South Dakota, start your search here. Our state is committed to promoting job opportunities for individuals and businesses through quality and responsive business practices. For more information or to learn more about South Dakota, please visit www.sd.gov. To view our available positions, please visit http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus.

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Governor Kristi Noem’s goal is to create a culture in state government centered around servant leadership, the voters, and the taxpayers. South Dakota ranks among the top in the nation when it comes to unemployment rates, has a higher-than-average labor participation rate, and is proud to be a right-to-work state. South Dakota’s low cost of living, reasonable regulatory climate, and good quality of life are just a few of the reasons to consider living and working here. 

Whether you are searching for a job, posting a job, or just looking for employment opportunities in South Dakota, start your search here. Our state is committed to promoting job opportunities for individuals and businesses through quality and responsive business practices. For more information or to learn more about South Dakota, please visit www.sd.gov. To view our available positions, please visit http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus.

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Governor Kristi Noem’s goal is to create a culture in state government centered around servant leadership, the voters, and the taxpayers. South Dakota ranks among the top in the nation when it comes to unemployment rates, has a higher-than-average labor participation rate, and is proud to be a right-to-work state. South Dakota’s low cost of living, reasonable regulatory climate, and good quality of life are just a few of the reasons to consider living and working here.  Whether you are searching for a job, po...

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Governor Kristi Noem’s goal is to create a culture in state government centered around servant leadership, the voters, and the taxpayers. South Dakota ranks among the top in the nation when it comes to unemployment rates, has a higher-than-average labor participation rate, and is proud to be a right-to-work state. South Dakota’s low cost of living, reasonable regulatory climate, and good quality of life are just a few of the reasons to consider living and working here. 

Whether you are searching for a job, posting a job, or just looking for employment opportunities in South Dakota, start your search here. Our state is committed to promoting job opportunities for individuals and businesses through quality and responsive business practices. For more information or to learn more about South Dakota, please visit www.sd.gov. To view our available positions, please visit http://bhr.sd.gov/workforus.