This is highly responsible technical work in reporting and transcribing verbatim notes, and planning and coordinating coverage of formal administrative hearings.
An employee in this class is responsible for reviewing cases set for hearings to determine the type of reporting coverage required and for taking verbatim notes of testimony through use of a stenotype machine and a tape recorder. Work also involves the use of a computer-aided transcription system in preparation of the verbatim record and responsibility for maintaining records of hearings. General direction is received from a Court Reporter Supervisor or other designated administrative superior; however, the employee exercises considerable independent judgment and initiative within the framework of established rules and policies.
Reviews cases and decides on proper methods of handling and processing, including reporting, transcribing and reproducing.
Plans and coordinates reporting and transcribing of formal administrative hearings.
Takes verbatim notes of testimony in administrative proceedings using a stenotype machine and a tape recorder.
Marks for identification purposes any exhibits introduced as evidence; maintains exhibits in a secure place; incorporates exhibits into case papers.
Utilizes a computer-aided transcription system in preparation of the verbatim record.
Suggests changes and improvements to procedures; orders and maintains equipment and supplies; performs related office tasks.
Maintains statistics and records concerning hearings and transcript production.
Performs other related work as assigned.
Thorough knowledge of courtroom procedures.
Thorough knowledge of Missouri Supreme Court rules on preparation of transcripts.
Considerable knowledge of office management and record-keeping procedures.
Considerable knowledge of legal terminology, medical terminology, grammatical construction, punctuation and spelling.
Ability to take verbatim courtroom testimony with 95 percent accuracy at speeds varying between 180 and 225 words per minute.
Ability to work under courtroom pressure for long periods of time without rest.
Ability to fully utilize a computer-aided transcription system.
Ability to travel as necessary to cover hearings.
Certification as a Certified Court Reporter by the Missouri Board of Certified Court Reporter Examiners.
Certification as a Certified Shorthand Reporter by the Missouri Court Reporters Association.
Certification as a Registered Professional Reporter by the National Court Reporters Association.
The following entrance requirements are used to admit or reject applicants for merit system examinations, or may be used to evaluate applicants for employment in positions not requiring selection from merit system registers. When applicable, equivalent substitution will be allowed for deficiencies in experience and education.)
Two years of experience taking verbatim notes at hearings, using a stenotype machine and tape-recording system, and transcribing the hearing notes using computer-aided transcription equipment; and successful completion of an accredited two-year course in court reporting.