Court Reporter at U.S. Courts

U.S. Courts


Mid Level

Washington, DC, USA

$92.990 - $106.939

10 Jan → 09 Feb

Job Description

Final candidates will undergo a background check.

Selection will be made consistent with the provisions of the Equal Employment Opportunity Plan adopted by the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia.

As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.

Qualified individuals must submit the following:
A cover letter detailing how your experience relates to the position requirements
AO-78, Federal Judicial Branch Application for Employment (can be downloaded from
A resume detailing all relevant experience, education, skills, and certifications
A copy of certificates indicating certification as a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR), Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR), Registered Merit Reporter (RMR), Registered Diplomate Reporter (RDR), and/or Federal Court Reporter Realtime (FCRR).

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Failure to submit a complete and signed cover letter, AO-78, and resume will result in immediate disqualification. Description of Work section of the AO-78 must be completed to include salary information. Indicating "see resume" is not acceptable. Incomplete and/or unsigned applications will not be considered, returned or retained. Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted and must travel at their own expense. One application per candidate will be accepted for this announcement.

Job Responsibilities

  • Attend and record verbatim by shorthand or mechanical means court sessions; read back portions of court record, as required.
  • Provide transcripts within the time and cost limitations set by the Judicial Conference; electronically file with Clerk of Court a copy of all transcripts prepared after delivery to the requesting parties.
  • Provide transcripts to the court upon request, without charge, of all arraignments, pleas, and proceedings in connection with imposition of sentence in criminal cases.
  • Promptly certify and file all original shorthand notes, audio files, and other original records of proceedings.
  • Perform such administrative duties as required, such as billing for transcripts, financial and other record keeping, preparation and filing of required Administrative Office reports, and responding to official correspondence and telephone calls.

Requirements / Qualifications

  • United States citizenship is required for consideration for this position.

  • Employees are required to adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.

  • Employees of the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Columbia are excepted service appointments. Excepted service appointments are "At-Will" and can be terminated with or without cause by the court.

  • Employees are required to use the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for payroll deposit.

  • A minimum of four years of prime court reporting experience in the freelance field of service, in other courts, or a combination thereof (e.g., depositions, adversary proceedings before a presiding official, grand jury proceedings).

  • Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification is required.

  • Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) or Federal Court Reporter Realtime (FCRR) certification is preferred.

  • The ability to record and transcribe 180 words per minute for literary matters, 200 words per minute for jury charge, and 225 words per minute for testimony at 95% accuracy.

  • Knowledge of and experience with computer-aided transcription (CAT). Must provide own CAT system with realtime capability.

  • Possess and provide all necessary personal equipment and software.

  • Self-starter, mature, highly organized; possess tact, good judgment, poise, and initiative; maintain a professional appearance and demeanor at all times. Strong team orientation and customer service skills. Communicate effective, both orally and in writing.

  • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a field closely related to the subject matter of the position is preferred.

Benefits/What We offer

  • A minimum of 10 paid holidays per year.

  • Paid annual leave in the amount of 13 days per year for the first three years, 20 days per year after three years, and 26 days per year after fifteen years.

  • Paid sick leave in the amount of 13 days per year.

  • Federal Employees' Retirement System (FERS).

  • Optional participation in the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHBP), Federal Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP), the Federal Employees' Group Life Insurance (FEGLI), the Flexible Benefits Program, the Commuter Benefit Program, SmartBenefits (mass transit subsidy up to $270 per month), and Long-Term Care Insurance.

  • Employee Recognition Program, budget permitting.

  • Workers' Compensation Program.

  • On-site physical fitness facility.

  • Flexible work schedule.

  • Federal Occupational Health Services Program (FOH)/ On-site Health Unit.

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)/Work Life Services.

  • Priority enrollment for children beginning at three months of age until kindergarten of all employees of the United States Courts in the Thurgood Marshall Child Development Center (TMCDC).

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