Official Court Reporter (Certified Realtime Reporter)

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Job Specifications
Classification Level: 
Levels 3 - 4
Salary Range: 
$90,809 - $94,936
Los Angeles
Opening Date: 
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Closing Date: 
Open until filled
Number of Positions: 
One (or more)
Vacancy Number: 
Job Type: 
Full Time
Position Overview: 

The United States District Court, Central District of California, is recruiting for Official Court Reporters who are Certified Realtime Reporters.  There are two or more vacancies to be filled in Los Angeles at this time.  The court reporters will report to the Manager of Court Reporting Services for the United States District Court, Central District of California, and to the District Judge to whom the court reporter is assigned.  In addition to the current vacancy, an eligibility list of qualified candidates will be developed from this recruitment to fill potential future vacancies within the district court over the course of the next year.

Representative Responsibilities: 

Official Court Reporters’ duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Court Reporters are responsible for the verbatim reporting of proceedings held before United States District Judges and Magistrate Judges and for the transcription of those proceedings on request.
  • Court Reporters must be able to read back all or any portions of the court record, to perform well under pressure, to produce transcripts within strict time limitations, and to work as part of a team of reporters for the Judges of the Court.
  • Court Reporters must possess the knowledge, skill and ability to produce accurate, simultaneous realtime translation utilizing computer-aided translation.
  • Court Reporters must be familiar with and adhere to all requirements of the Court Reporter Management Plan for the District.
  • Court Reporters must comply with all administrative duties assigned by his or her manager and the Court.
  • Court Reporters must occasionally travel to the courthouses in Santa Ana and Riverside.
  • Candidate must possess at least four years of court reporting experience as a freelance reporter or as a court reporter, or a combination thereof, and must have passed the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Examination administered by the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) or passed an equivalent qualifying examination such as the Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) Examination administered by the Court Reporters Board of California.  The candidate must have passed a Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) Examination administered by NCRA, USCRA or DRA. 
Physical Requirements: 

Successful candidate must be able to (with or without accommodation):  (1) bend, (2) pull, push, and lift up to 20 pounds, (3) reach, (4) walk, (5) stand and sit for extended periods.

  • A satisfying career providing support to judges and equal access to the judicial process. The typical court employee stays for at least ten years, and many throughout their entire career.
  • Paid vacation and sick leave; eleven paid Federal holidays per year.
  • Extensive health, life, dental, vision, disability, and long term care insurance plans. The United States District Court is a smoke-free environment.
  • A defined pension plan plus a matching and tax-deferred 401K plan. 
  • Direct pay deposit. Commuter subsidies are available.
  • Designated casual work dress days are offered, when not assigned to cover court.
  • Extensive on-line training options. In-person training and professional conferences are available, funds permitting, some are offered at out-of-state locations.
  • Federal court employees can pursue an on-line certificate and degree programs in judicial administration through Michigan State University, partially subsidized, funds permitting.
  • Federal court employees can join at their expense the Federal Court Clerks Association, a national, professional court organization founded in 1922.
Application Process: 

To be assured consideration, please submit a resume, the names of at least three references (at least two professional and one personal), copies of required professional certificates, and a completed application (visit the court’s website at to download the job application please fill out completely) to:   INCOMPLETE submissions may not be considered.  E-mail documents must be in WordPerfect, Word, or PDF format.  Zip files and faxes will not be accepted.  You may also mail in your completed packet (resume, references, required professional certificates, and application) to:  United States District Court, Human Resources Department, 312 N. Spring Street, Room 535, Los Angeles, CA  90012.  Refer to:  Vacancy number 15-33.  Due to the volume of applications received, the court will only communicate with those individuals who will be tested or interviewed.  Applicants scheduled to test or interview should advise the Human Resources staff if any accommodation will be necessary.

The Federal Judiciary is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen or a lawful permanent resident of the United States currently seeking citizenship or intending to become a citizen after meeting the eligibility requirements.  As a condition of employment, the final candidate will be subject to a FBI fingerprint background check; with periodic reinvestigation, if applicable.  Retention depends on a favorable suitability determination.  All appointments are subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer.  The United States District Court requires employees to adhere to a code of conduct which is available on the court’s web site at  More than one vacancy may be filled with this announcement.