COURT REPORTER

  • Kitsap County
  • Port Orchard, Washington
  • Aug 09, 2019
Full Time Court Administration Legal Services
  • Salary: $56,929.60 - $80,412.80 Annually

Job Description

OVERVIEW

Make a difference in your community. Become a part of the Kitsap County team! Do what you love while serving the citizens where you live.

The Superior Court is the court of general jurisdiction in Kitsap County, having original and appellate jurisdiction as authorized by the Washington State Constitution and the laws of the State of Washington. The Superior Court is created to resolve criminal felony cases, civil cases,dependency cases, family law cases including paternity matters and adoptions, private and guardianship matters, domestic violence cases, mental health cases, and appeals from the District and Municipal Courts in Kitsap County. The Superior Court is a court of record, and is required to always be open, except on non-judicial days.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Court Reporter to join our team. Under the direction of the assigned supervisor, the incumbent performs professional technical work to record a verbatim, accurate report of all Superior Court proceedings ranging from divorce to capital murder, personal injury and asbestos litigation and including ex parte, pro se dissolutions, hearings and domestic violence calendars.The incumbent also transcribes proceedings pursuant to statutes as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR PERFORMANCE OF THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Required Education and Experience
  • Three years of court reporting experience; AND
  • Report and transcribe accurately 175 wpm of the judge's charge or 200 wpm of testimony each for five consecutive minutes.
Preferred Education, Experience or Other Qualifications
  • Proficiency in real-time court reporting and experience reporting in Washington Superior Courts or Courts of General Jurisdiction in other States.
Criminal Conviction Standards:
  • The successful incumbent will or may have unsupervised access to children under 18 years of age, a vulnerable adult, or a vulnerable person, or access to a secured/confidential facility or computer system(s). As a result, Kitsap County will be conducting an extensive criminal background check by law enforcement agencies, which may include fingerprinting.
    • Please review the following list of disqualifying crimes and negative actions to determine if you meet our standard for this position: https://www.dshs.wa.gov/sites/default/files/FSA/bccu/documents/Secretary%27sCrimesListforALLPrograms.pdf
Required Licenses, Certificates, Examinations/Tests and Other Requirements
Please note: The incumbent is responsible for obtaining and maintaining all of the following required licenses, certifications and other requirements.

Prior to employment, the successful candidate must:
  • Possess a State of Washington Court Reporter Certification through the Department of Licensing per Washington State Law.
  • Pass a criminal history background check through law enforcement agencies.
  • Pass all job-related examinations/tests necessary to demonstrate required knowledge, skills and abilities, as determined by the hiring authority at time of job posting.
  • Be bondable.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORKING ENVIRONMENT
(The physical demands described are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Kitsap County provides reasonable accommodation to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)
  • Work is performed primarily in a courtroom setting.
  • Work hours may vary with little or no notice, due to jury, witness or judges' requests.
  • Requires clear speaking and adequate hearing sufficient to communicate effectively and respond appropriately.
  • Positions in this class typically require: bending, stooping, reaching, handling/grasping documents, sitting for extended periods of time, walking short distances, vision sufficient to read source materials and computer screen data and repetitive motions for computer use.
  • Requires exertion of force of up to 30 pounds occasionally and/or 10 pounds frequently to lift/carry/move objects, files, and other materials.
  • Sufficient hearing to accurately capture/transcribe court proceedings
Incumbents may be:
  • Exposed to potentially hazardous conditions when dealing with disgruntled or hostile individuals.


ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLE OF DUTIES

(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all tasks which may be found in positions of this class.)

Essential Job Functions:
  • Accurately record all courtroom and/or chambers proceedings, hearings, ex parte, pro se dissolutions, domestic violence calendars, paternity calendars,criminal court, and any other process requested to be recorded by the judge; research any incomplete citations, name spellings, etc. to assure complete accuracy of the record.
  • Provide transcripts of court proceedings in whole or in part as requested during the course of the trial in compliance with an appeal request, or at the request of the judges; may acquire the services of a "scopist" when necessary to assure timely filing and completion of the transcript request; proof transcript, certifying the transcript as true and correct and deliver them to the appropriate party, and provide ASCII (computer compatible) disks, per statute, and has the ability to e-mail transcripts.
  • Read from sections of trial proceedings in open courtroom or chambers as requested.Utilize real-time capabilities and provide real-time translation for proceedings to judges, as requested.
  • Index and file all court proceedings notes, disks and related materials as required and in accordance with established procedures.
  • Purchase, operate and maintain all court reportingand transcription equipment and materials necessary for the completion of work assignments; update equipment and software periodically so as to keep up with the latest technology and to provide the most efficient services possible; update and maintain a personal dictionary as well as case-specific dictionaries, such as for technical litigation.
  • Work closely with the Clerk's Office in checking files and exhibits in and out of their office so a complete record is maintained on each case.
Other Job Duties:
  • Answer telephone calls, return messages, correspond when required pertaining to every aspect of the reporting and subsequent preparation of transcripts and billings.
  • Keep current on literature regarding aspects of court reporting and attend professional seminars, conferences and other meetings as required to maintain test standings and certificates.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


OTHER POSITION RELATED INFORMATION

  • Who May Apply: This position is open to the general public. Applications will be screened for qualifications and completion of all the required materials and forms. The most competitive applicants may be contacted for further steps in the selection process, which may include testing for office and computer skills.
  • This position is classified as eligible for overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Classified as "at will." Incumbent's continued employment is at the discretion of the Superior Court Administrator/Presiding Judge and may have his/her appointment revoked at any time with or without cause and without right to appeal.
  • Non-represented and covered under the Kitsap County Personnel Manual.
  • Kitsap County is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please contact our Human Resources Office.
  • Work hours for this position are Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

This position will be opened until filled.
Applicants will be screened weekly starting on August 16th.

Closing Date/Time: Continuous