TRAVIS COUNTY 353rd Civil District Court Reporter in AUSTIN, Texas
JOB SUMMARY: Records, transcribes and maintains records of court proceedings. Furnishes transcripts of court proceedings to requesting parties. Provides equipment used in performing duties, including stenographic machine, computers, software and printers, along with necessary reference materials. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Attends sessions of court and records all proceedings of evidence, objections, rulings, voir dire of jury duty and arguments. Records all objections to admissibility of evidence, court rulings and remarks of the objections and exceptions to the rulings. Makes full record of jury arguments and voir dire examinations when requested by attorney for any party to a case, together with all objections to such arguments, rulings and remarks of court. Documents files with courts exhibits and indexes, and files notes taken in courts. Preserves shorthand or machine notes taken in court for period required by law and prepares transcripts for appeals or other future legal proceedings. Prepares official transcripts of all evidence or court proceedings, subject to laws of the State, the rules and instructions of presiding judge of the court, for appeals or future court use. Certifies the accuracy of court transcripts. Responds to requests of official transcripts. May serve as a liaison to attorneys, judges, other County departments and staff, officials and general public. Provides information relating to court hearings and charges. May conduct depositions of witnesses. May receive, execute and return commissions. May make a certificate of proceedings in any County that is included in the judicial district of the court. May prepare jury charges in civil cases. May perform administrative support duties as assigned for administrative functions of the court. Performs other job-related duties as assigned. MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: Education and Experience: Must pass two (2) proficiency tests consisting of 180 wpm literary, 200 wpm jury charge, and 225 wpm Q & A, depending on nature of dictation used, to become eligible for certification. Certification exam consists of two (2) sections, Part A and Part B. Part A requires a minimum passing grade of at least ninety-five (95%) percent accuracy on the certification exam and Part B requires a minimum passing grade of seventy-five (75%) percent. Licenses, Registrations, Certifications, or Special Requirements: Certification by the State of Texas Court Reporters Certification Board. Texas Certified Court Reporters are required to complete continuing education pursuant to the rules promulgated by the Texas Supreme Court. Preferred: Real-time court reporting skills and experience. Graduation from an accredited Court Reporting school. Two (2) years of experience as a Certified Court Reporter in the State of Texas in a courtroom setting. WORK ENVIRONMENT & OTHER INFORMATION: Physical requirements include the ability to lift/carry up to 10-25 pounds, extensive detailed record keeping by machine or shorthand, extensive periods of sitting, typing, writing, and listening to recordings to perform the essential functions. Subject to continual contact with persons accused or convicted of crimes. Subject to stressful court environment and client and customer contact for extended periods of time. This job description is intended to be generic in nature. It is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities. The essential duties, functions and responsibilities and overtime eligibility may vary based on the specific tasks assigned to the position. Work Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM; Monday through Friday Department: Civil Courts Criminal Background Check Required.