Court Reporter II

Job Location

Manatee & Sarasota County Judicial Centers

Position Number

010444 and 010449

Position Type

Full-time, salaried

Position Available



$55,764.52 (non-negotiable); State employees are paid on the last workday of each month). The successful candidate will be hired at the minimum salary. Benefits include membership in the Florida Retirement System and a generous contribution by the State to health insurance premiums.

Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certification is required at the time of hire.


The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has two openings for an Official Court Reporters, one to be based in Manatee County and one to be based in Sarasota County. The essential function of the position is to stenographically record felony court proceedings, provide Realtime to judges daily, and produce transcripts on a timely basis. The position is responsible for reporting court proceedings, performing research and proofreading and editing reported proceedings in order to produce quality transcripts. The position works under the general supervision of the Court Reporting Manager. The position requires someone who is self-motivated, has a keen eye for detail and completes assignments timely. All Official Court Reporters are paid a monthly salary but are not paid appearance fees or for transcripts. However, a Luminex writer, laptop, maintenance of equipment, CAT software, and current updates are all provided.

Examples of work performed

  • Records court proceedings stenographically utilizing a Stenograph Luminex and Case Catalyst software;
  • Reads back segments of proceedings from either stenographic notes or Realtime translation;
  • Transcribes and edits stenographic or Realtime notes to transcript form in compliance with applicable standards, regulations, and statutes;
  • Proofreads transcripts to verify correct spelling of names, places, medical, scientific, and legal terms; researches information as required to ensure accuracy of information;
  • Delivers transcripts electronically and backs up transcripts for archiving purposes;
  • Archives digital stenographic notes; maintains, updates, and edits personal dictionary; and maintains accurate logs of each day’s proceedings;
  • Travels to courthouses within the circuit to perform duties, as may be required;
  • Completes and submits statistical reports to designated personnel.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Ability to stenographically report using Case Catalyst software and Realtime technology;
  • Ability to hook up cables and troubleshoot with Realtime technology;
  • Ability to record testimony at the standard required speed and accuracy;
  • Ability to edit and translate stenographic notes, proofread transcripts, verify the correct spelling of names, places, and terms;
  • Ability to back up transcripts to archives; archive notes and dockets;
  • Ability to interact professionally and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisors, co-workers, government officials, and the public;
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, automated environment with many interruptions;

In addition to the ability to use basic office equipment, this position also calls for computer skills: the ability to use computer applications such as Microsoft Office products and Microsoft Outlook; searching the Internet; and the ability to learn and use new program software.


Associate's degree or the equivalent of two years of college or vocational school education in court reporting is required.

Licenses, Certifications and Registrations Required

Requires a valid certificate as a Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) or higher. Realtime Reporter capability is required, and Realtime certification is preferred.


Interested applicants must submit a current State of Florida Application to the Human Resources Manager of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. A cover letter and current resume are encouraged. Application materials may be submitted electronically (preferred) or via mail delivery.

Email the Human Resources Manager
Or mail to: Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230
Fax: (941) 861‑7904

If you do not submit a State of Florida application, you will not be considered. If you have submitted a State of Florida application directly to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit within the past 12 months, please indicate – you will not be required to submit a new application.

The successful applicant will be subject to a Criminal Background Check. The Florida State Courts System is a criminal justice agency. We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call 941‑861‑7811.

Pursuant to 110.205(2)(c) of the Florida Statutes, employment with the State Courts System is not covered under the Career Service System and all employees of the State System serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and do not attain tenure rights.

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Reasons to work with the Twelfth Judicial Circuit


As a state or county-funded court employee, you will become eligible for healthcare, retirement savings through a self-directed investment plan or a dedicated pension plan, paid time off plus 12 paid holidays each year.

Career Advancement

Court employees become eligible for tuition programs and career advancement programs to grow or enhance leadership skills.

Our Culture

Court employees can expect a safe and diverse work environment with managers that want to help you succeed.


We are an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, sex, age, national origin or disability. If you need an accommodation in order to participate in the application/selection process, please call (941) 861‑7811 or the Florida Relay Service, 711 or 1 (800) 955‑8771

Contact Information

Human Resources Manager

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