Digital Court Reporter I

SCJBOHR

South Carolina Judicial Branch
Published
July 21, 2021
Location
Columbia
Job Type

Description

JOB PURPOSE

Under direct management of a Court Reporter Supervisor, the Digital Court Reporter I serves both the Circuit and Family Courts by accurately capturing the record according to the policies and procedures proscribed in relevant statutes and court rules.

 

JOB DUTIES

Attends court proceedings and creates verbatim recordings by operating electronic audio recording equipment provided by SCJB to create a clear and complete quality audio recording of legal proceedings.

 

Verifies proper operation of the equipment prior to court proceedings and troubleshoots issues with designated IT support team so as to avoid delays and disruptions to court.

 

Creates accurate and detailed electronic time-linked annotations of case events and terminology to serve as a guide to assist the creation of an accurate transcript.

 

Plays back testimony during proceedings at the direction of the presiding judge.

 

Receives, inventories, records, and maintains exhibits entered as evidence in court. Files case exhibits with Clerk of Court in compliance with applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Retains a receipt of delivery to the Clerk's office.

 

Adheres to common principles of professionalism to include being punctual and prepared; dressed in accordance with SCJB's dress code; being courteous and civil when interacting with the judge, counsel, parties, clerk's staff, and the public; remaining a neutral observer; refraining from causing disruptions to the proceedings; and exercising the highest levels of professional integrity in the disposition of the job responsibilities. Must be able to work independently, exercising good judgement and discretion.

 

Assists judges and court personnel with reasonable requests while working in and outside of the courtroom.

 

Attends meetings or training sessions as required.

 

Performs other related duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

High school diploma and verified current credentials as a Certified Electronic/Digital Court Reporter by the American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers (AAERT) and one (1) year of legal experience, with a thorough knowledge of hearing procedures. Successful completion of an AAERT approved Electronic/Digital Court Reporting Program from an institution of higher education may be substituted for the required credentials as a Certified Electronic/Digital Court Reporter. Minimum typing speed of 60 wpm with a high rate of accuracy.

 PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

One (1) or more years of court reporting or legal experience or any combination of the same.

POSITION FACTORS

Must have dependable transportation as this position requires occasional travel to courthouses statewide. Occasional statewide overnight travel may be required.

 

Ability to sit still for long periods of times without disruption. Ability to maintain concentration in a time pressured environment.

 

During an emergency or disaster event, this position is classified as essential personnel.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES 

General knowledge of nationally recognized court reporter practices and procedures; specific knowledge of court reporter policies, procedures, and practices as outlined in the SC Court Reporters Manual. Proficient in the use of computers and computer equipment. Knowledge and use of modern court reporting technology and equipment.

 

Ability to exercise judgment and discretion in interpreting and applying policies and procedures. Must possess excellent transcription, time management and listening skills. Must be detail-oriented and able to work independently. Ability to deal with others in a courteous and professional manner. Ability to communicate effectively with Judges, attorneys, coworkers and the general public. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships. Ability to maintain the confidentiality of the court proceedings. Punctuality is a requirement.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Interested persons meeting the required qualifications should submit an online application at: careers.sc.gov to include all work history and education. All questions on the application must be completed. A resume may be included but will not be accepted or reviewed in lieu of an incomplete application. Supplemental questions are considered a part of your application and must be completed.

 

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