Current Job Opportunity
Readvertisement, Previous applicants will be considered and need not reapply.
January 18, 2018
Open Until Filled
Digital Court Reporter
Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court, Manatee, Florida
*The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary.
The essential function of the position within the organization is to digitally record and transcribe court proceedings and hearings. The position is responsible for digitally recording and annotating court proceedings and hearings; transcribing recordings; and performing research. The position works under direct supervision according to set procedures.
*The Digital Court Recorder is responsible independent, technical, and clerical work monitoring multiple court proceedings
from a central location using the OpenCourt/
CourtSmart software for digital audio recording. The Digital Court Recorder annotates court events as they occur within the recording for future retrieval. The employee may be required to sit in one position for long periods of time. Work is performed under the supervision of a Manager of Digital Court Recording or other Court Managers, and must exercise discretion with sensitive and confidential information. While work is performed independently, the employee will share an office with up to five other court recorders and must work well in a team environment.
Examples of Work Performed
Monitors audio quality, performs tests of digital recording equipment, advises supervisor of improperly functioning equipment;
Performs playback services for the Court and provides CDs or other retrieval records of recorded hearings to the public;
Communicates with Judicial Assistants and Clerks through email, phone and software (SmartBench, Benchmark, JACS, etc.);
Maintains statistical data regarding digitally recorded proceedings and media provided to the Court, litigants and the general public.
Education and Training Guidelines
Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis. Additional relevant education may substitute for the recommended experience on a year-for-year basis, excluding supervisory experience and two years of related experience.
High School diploma or GED and one year of college or vocational school education in office skills, computer operation or a closely related field and two years of related experience.
Requires appropriate Digital Court Reporter certification as determined by State Courts System.
Must be certified by the American
Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (or within one year of hire date)
*Two years of legal experience.
Compiles, transcribes, labels, stores, examines, or evaluates data or information and possibly recommends action based on results.
Provides assistance to people to achieve task completion.
Requires minimum responsibility for only small quantities of low cost items or supplies where opportunities for achieving economies or preventing loss are negligible.
Uses addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; may compute ratios, rates, and percents.
Requires the accurate use of the English language, grammar, punctuation and spelling.
Complexity of Work:
Performs coordinating work involving guidelines and rules with constant problem solving; requires continuous, close attention for accurate results or frequent exposure to unusual pressure.
Impact of Decisions:
Makes decisions with moderate impact - affects those in work unit.
Leads or handles machines, tools, equipment or work aids involving moderate latitude for judgment regarding attainment of a standard or in selecting appropriate items, such as digital recording equipment, computers, peripherals, or software programs such as word processing or custom applications. Ability to type 55 words per minute.
Safety of Others:
Requires some responsibility for safety of others and/or for occasional enforcement of the standards of public safety.
Employee will be assigned to cover late shifts and must be available to work after 5 p.m. two - three days per week.
Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
This position requires basic knowledge of the legal system; court processes and procedures; and the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
Knowledge of the rules of English grammar, spelling, punctuation
Ability to learn, use and understand the OpenCourt/CourtSmart software and digital recording system or any other software that may be required to perform duties
Ability to use a personal computer in a Windows environment, including WORD, Excel, and email application
Ability to multi-task and type accurately
Ability to compose, proofread, and edit correspondence and reports
Ability to compute basic mathematical and statistical functions such as percentages and averages
Ability to work in a close environment with co-workers
Ability to plan, organize and complete special assignments with minimum supervision
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other court personnel, outside agencies, legal professionals, and the general public
Ability to efficiently prioritize and organize work andmeet deadlines
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing
Ability to establish work priorities, work under pressure and organize work
Ability to handle multiple tasks with deadline requirements
Ability to work in a fast-paced, automated environment with interruptions
Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues before the court
Knowledge of court system procedures, practices and applicable statutes, rules, regulations, laws and ordinances
Technology and Equipment Usage
In addition to the ability to use basic office equipment, this position calls for strong computer skills, such as: proficient typing skills; the ability to use computer applications such as OpenCourt/CourtSmart, Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook; searching the Internet; and the ability to learn and use new program software. Must be able to use a personal computer, copy machines, fax machines, scanning devices, multi-line telephones.
How to Apply
Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically or via mail delivery.
Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
PO Box 48927
Sarasota, Florida 34230
*If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered. If you have submitted a State of Florida application directly to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit within the past 12 months, please indicate – you will not be required to submit a new application.
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.