Court Reporter I

Job Location

Manatee County Judicial Center

Position Number


Position Type

Full-time, Monday-Friday

Position Available

Immediately (open until filled)


$5,221.10/monthly; 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.


The Twelfth Judicial Circuit has an opening for an Official Court Reporter I to be based in Manatee County. The essential function of the position is to stenographically report, voice write, or electronically record court proceedings and create an accurate and verbatim transcript of the proceedings. The Court Reporter I edits and proofreads transcripts; verifies the correct spelling of names, places, medical, scientific and technological terms; and researches and confirms case law cited in court. The Court Reporter I prints and binds completed transcripts when needed, e-files and emails PDFs of transcripts, archives daily files and transcript files, and maintains an accurate log of each day’s proceedings. The Court Reporter I stays abreast of the latest technological advances in the field and new terminology. This position may be required to sit in one position for long periods of time. The Court Reporter I will travel to other courthouses within the circuit as required. The position works under general supervision independently developing work methods and sequences. This position requires basic knowledge of the legal system, court processes and procedures. 

Knowledge, skills and abilities

  • Ability to operate a stenographic machine, voice writing equipment, or digital court recording equipment and record testimony at the standard required speed and accuracy; 
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to establish work priorities and work under pressure;
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks with deadline requirements;
  • Ability to interact professionally and maintain an effective working relationship with supervisors, co-workers, government officials and the public;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, automated environment with many interruptions;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality concerning sensitive issues before the court;
  • Ability to answer questions from judges and attorneys;
  • Ability to hook up cables and load real-time software; 
  • Ability to create stenographic brief forms to streamline trial records in real-time;   
  • Ability to sit in one position for long periods of time; 
  • Knowledge of court system procedures, practices and applicable statutes, rules, regulations, laws and ordinances; and 
  • Knowledge of legal and medical terminology.


Associate's degree or the equivalent of two years of college or vocational school education in computer operations, medical/legal terminology, court reporting, paralegal or closely related field. Two years of related experience is preferred. Additional relevant experience may substitute for the recommended educational level on a year-for-year basis.


Certificate of completion from an NCRA (National Court Reporters Association)-approved school; certificate of completion from an NVRA (National Verbatim Reporters Association)-approved school; or CET (Certified Electronic Transcriber) or CER (Certified Electronic Reporter) from AAERT (American Association for Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) is preferred.


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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 or via mail delivery.

Email: Human Resources Manager
Or mail to: Twelfth Judicial Circuit
Human Resources Manager
P.O. Box 48927
Sarasota, FL 34230

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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