Job: Court Reporter (Open)

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Job Title:Court Reporter (Open)
Closing Date/Time:Tue. 10/17/17 11:59 PM Pacific Time
Salary:$39.30 - $48.98 Hourly
$3,144.00 - $3,918.40 Biweekly
$6,812.00 - $8,489.87 Monthly
$81,744.00 - $101,878.40 Annually
Job Type:Regular
Location:San Mateo County, California
NOTE: This will provide the required five-day notice that this continuous recruitment will be closing.  The closing date is October 17, 2017.  (Posted October 6, 2017)

Note: This recruitment schedule was amended on February 23, 2016, to update the salary range and extend the Final Filing Date.  This recruitment has been changed to "Continuous."

The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo, is seeking qualified Court Reporters.

Under general supervision, Court Reporters stenotype a verbatim record of courtroom proceedings and provide general support to the assigned judge related to the official record. Court Reporters are expected to be available to work in any Court department, including but not limited to, arraignment calendars, family law, civil and criminal trials, law and motion, juvenile, and preliminary hearings, in any of the Court's three locations throughout San Mateo County.
NOTE: Court Reporters are expected to work in any court department at any of the court locations. 

The ideal candidate for the Court Reporter position has experience transcribing a full range of courtroom proceedings and is familiar with real time reporting.  Additionally, the ideal candidate has excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Duties include but are not limited to the following:
  • Attend courtroom sessions to record court proceedings
  • Prepare verbatim transcripts of court proceedings including testimony, objections, rulings, pleas and sentences
  • Read aloud Court reporting notes at the request of the Court
  • Certify the accuracy of Court transcripts
  • Prepare indexes of witnesses and exhibits and file official transcripts with the Court
  • Operate a variety of office equipment including computers and printers
  • Respond to requests and inquiries from litigants
  • Perform related duties as assigned
Certification and/or experience with real time is highly desired. The Court offers differential pay of up to 10% for employees with real time verified experience and/or certification.

The current vacancy is a Term position. It is a full-time temporary position funded for one year.  Medical and dental benefits, similar to regular employees are provided.  A defined contribution retirement plan is also provided in lieu of the Court pension plan.

The eligible list generated from this recruitment may be used to fill future extra-help, term, unclassified, and regular classified vacancies.  The person chosen for this position could be transitioned into a permanent position if one becomes available.

  • Valid Certified Shorthand Reporter License issued by the State of California
  • Possession of a valid Class C California driver license
Education and Experience:
  • Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying
Knowledge of:
  • Methods and techniques of courtroom procedures
  • Laws, regulations and judicial procedures related to court reporting
  • Legal, medical, professional and technical terminology used in a courtroom setting
  • Records management practices and procedures, including indexing and cross-indexing
  • Correct English usage, including grammar, spelling and punctuation
  • Principles and techniques for dealing with the public, often when relations may be strained
Skill/Ability to:
  • Stenotype and transcribe a full range of courtroom proceedings
  • Organize and prioritize work, meet critical time deadlines and coordinate multiple activities
  • Deal tactfully and effectively with a variety of individuals
  • Exercise initiative and sound independent judgment within established guidelines
  • Organize and maintain accurate files and records
  • Understand and carry out oral and written instructions

Anyone may apply.

The Training and Experience Evaluation Supplemental Questionnaire must be completed and submitted in addition to our regular Employment Application form.

The examination process will consist of a scored evaluation of relevant training and experience (weight: 100%). A panel of subject matter experts will rate each candidate's training and experience based on the information contained in the County application and most specifically based on the responses to the Training and Experience Evaluation Supplemental Questionnaire. All candidates who are successful in the testing process, i.e., whose training and experience most closely match the current needs of the department, will be placed on an eligible list in rank order, determined by the score attained from the panel's evaluation of the training and experience.  The top candidates from the eligible list will be forwarded to the hiring department for an interview, which is the basis for final selection.

Because of the screening process, applicants who meet the minimum qualifications are not guaranteed advancement to the next phase of the examination process.  All examinations will be given in San Mateo County, CA and applicants must participate at their own expense.

NOTE: The detailed information you provide in the supplemental questionnaire should be consistent with the information in your standard County application and resume. All information provided is subject to verification.

IMPORTANT: Applications for this position will only be accepted online. If you are currently on the County's website, you may click the 'Apply Online' button above or below. If you are not on the County's website, please go to to apply.

Apply immediately. The recruitment is open on a continuous basis and selections may be made at any time within the process. This is a continuous recruitment which may close at any time. The final filing date will be posted five days in advance on this job announcement.

NOTE: This continuous recruitment will now close on October 17, 2017. 

The Superior Court, County of San Mateo does not require job applicants to disclose conviction history information until after the applicant successfully completes all examination phases for the recruitment. All passing applicants will receive instructions by email only from Human Resources staff to complete and submit a conviction history questionnaire online within a specified deadline of two business days. Failure to do so within the time frame will disqualify you from the rest of the process.  Please visit this link at to find out more information about the conviction history questionnaire so that you can prepare accordingly.

Note: Positions in criminal justice agencies currently required by law to pass background checks are exempted from this bill, and applicants may be required to submit conviction information at the time of application.
The Superior Court of California, County of San Mateo is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Analyst: Ericka Gosha  (02112016) (Court Reporter - X064)

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