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January 11, 2019

Official Court Reporter



Are you interested in expanding your court reporting career in a courtroom environment?   If so, we invite you to consider a career with the First Judicial District as an Official Court Reporter!   The First Judicial District is now accepting applications for a full-time Official Stenographic or Electronic Court Reporter to work with the Honorable Tracy Perzel. Judge Perzel will be chambered in Dakota County (Hastings, MN) which is located west of the twin cities metro area. The First District consists of seven southern metro counties including Carver, Dakota, Goodhue, Le Sueur, McLeod, Scott and Sibley.  The anticipated start date for this position will be the middle to end of January.
Court Reporters have the opportunity to capture and preserve the court record while serving the public in a professional capacity through the administration of justice. The First Judicial District operates on a daily calendar system, providing employees the opportunity to be assigned throughout the district and to report many different types of court proceedings.     Desirable Benefits Package Including:
  • Full-Time health and dental insurance with low premiums
  • Sick and vacation leave
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Defined benefit pension plan
  • Life insurance
  • Short/long term disability insurance
Bargaining Unit: Teamsters Court Reporter
Posted for internal and external application simultaneously. Only internal, permanent Teamsters Court Reporter employees are eligible for internal consideration.
Applications will be reviewed beginning December 14, 2018.  The posting will remain open until filled.   SUCCESSFUL CANDIDATE WILL BE REQUIRED TO PASS A CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK. Hiring to the mid-point based on qualifications; reimbursable district-wide travel is required.


(Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties that may be performed.)
• Solely responsible to capture and preserve a verbatim record of court proceedings, which may include computer-aided transcription proficiency or electronic recording equipment. • Maintains complete records of all verbal and nonverbal incidents related to the proceedings, including but not limited to identifying participants by name, marking and identifying exhibits, noting any "off the record" discussions allowed, objections, bench or side-bar conferences, motions and rulings, and types of testimony. • Maintains a high level of concentration and attentiveness throughout all court proceedings, regardless of disruptions and other unpredictable and adverse conditions. • Plays/reads back testimony if requested to do so, upon which subsequent testimony, objections and rulings are based. • Utilizes transcribers, computer equipment and software applications for preparation of transcripts and court orders; develops, edits, regularly updates and maintains computer-aided transcription dictionaries. • Maintains accurate and complete files and records, including log notes, stenographic notes, recordings, computer disks, exhibit lists, witness lists, court calendars, and other materials for archiving. • Subject to and must be aware of changes in Minnesota Statutes, Rules of Court, District Court policy, Minnesota Official Court Reporter Procedure Manual, Code of Ethics, Standards of Professional Practice, and National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Code of Professional Conduct, all of which include rules and policies for mandatory transcription, time constraints, necessary documentation, forms, and fees. • Transcribes, proofreads, certifies and distributes official transcripts and related reports and documents upon request by transcribing court proceedings. • Serves as confidential assistant to the judicial officer pursuant to Supreme Court Order dated December 3, 1981 (Paragraph II) which incorporates Minnesota Statute 486.01; performs any other court-related and confidential duties as directed by the judicial officer, including but not limited to: preparing orders; providing authorized information to inquiries from the media, public, parties to a case, etc.; responding to inquiries from other court system agencies regarding terms of court orders; maintaining office filing system and correspondence files; coordinating and scheduling meetings and speaking engagements. •Assists with the preparation and transmission of written correspondence and other electronic communications as required by the judicial officer. • May use law library and Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS) to research and retrieve information; may provide general assistance with acquisition, classification and cataloguing of library materials.


Minimum Qualifications: • High School diploma or equivalent • Graduate of a court reporting school approved by the National Court Reporter Association (NCRA) and the Minnesota Supreme Court and Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) designation from the NCRA or compliance with the Minnesota Supreme Court Order 81-876 • Real-Time certification or experience preferred


TO APPLY: Please apply for this position online by clicking the Apply link near the top of this page. (For instructions on creating and submitting your online application, click on the How to Apply link in the left-hand menu at the top of this page).
Resume is required and must be uploaded/attached to your online application.
If you have questions about this position, please contact us at 1stdistrict.hr@courts.state.mn.us.