Official Court Reporter

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous


The Official Court Reporter is responsible for the verbatim reporting of the judicial and administrative proceedings to which they are assigned, regardless of the nature, difficulty, or location of the proceedings. When requested, the incumbent is further responsible for the accurate preparation and timely submission of the official transcript of the proceedings which constitutes an official record. This position is located in the Court Reporting Division of the D.C. Superior Court.

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  • Provides verbatim reporting of judicial and administrative proceedings and also provides Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) on an as-needed basis
  • Provides accurate and timely transcripts of court proceedings that constitute official court records
  • Safeguards verbatim files, Rich Tech Format (RTF) files, Secure Digital (SD) cards, voice writer and backup audio files of the proceedings, properly identifying records by date, judge, case title and location
  • Uploads the Daily Worksheet and RTF file to the Web Transcript Tracking System (WTTS) and other routine paperwork to the Division Director as requested
  • Works with all of the judges of the District of Columbia Courts and supporting staff in a competent and professional manner
  • Has available adequate and serviceable equipment for the efficient performance of duties without interruption to the Court's schedules, to include remote court reporting
  • Complies with all rules as contained in the Rules of Superior Court and the District of Columbia Court of Appeals relating to and dealing with court reporting and the timely production of transcripts and additional directives as may be required by the Division
  • Conducts verbatim reporting at a minimum of 225 words per minute and must possess an excellent command of the English language
  • Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential



    Conditions of Employment

  • A background and/or security investigation is required.
  • Probationary period of one (1) year.
  • To qualify for this position, you must submit the following:

  • Resume
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation / Proof of Education (e.g. copy of HS diploma, GED certificate, college transcript or degree)
  • Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certificate
  • List of three (3) professional references
  • All required documentation must be received by the closing date of the announcement.


    MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma and graduation from a National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) accredited court reporting program, plus two (2) years of court reporting experience.

    Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification is required.

    Ability to conduct verbatim reporting at a minimum rate of 225 words per minute is required.

    Certified Realtime Reporter (CRR) certification and/or Certified Realtime Captioner (CRC) certification is preferred.

    Candidates must furnish their own equipment and software to be able to provide realtime reporting to the judiciary and to produce their own transcripts. Candidates must also be able to lift materials of up to forty (40) pounds.

    Documentation of education must be submitted with your application or your application will not be considered.

    The incumbent should be an enthusiastic and engaged professional who enjoys working with a diverse group of Court personnel and customers and lives the DC Courts’ values of Accountability, Excellence, Fairness, Integrity, Respect, and Transparency.

    Please note that authorization for the release of your adult criminal record revealing any convictions and forfeitures, and any criminal cases currently pending before the courts is required. If you are selected for the position, a criminal history records check will be conducted.


    To qualify based on education, upload a copy of your college transcript or degree. The transcript must show the name of the college or university, your name, list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.

    Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for District of Columbia Courts employment. You can verify your education here:

    Foreign Education: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must upload a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript at time of application to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

    Additional information

    This job is being filled by an alternative hiring process and is not in the competitive Federal civil service.

    Please note there is a mandatory one year probationary period for all non-judicial new employees.

    All required information must be received by the vacancy announcement closing date.

    The safety of DC Court employees, contractors and the public is a top priority. In compliance with the guidelines published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Courts has maximized its telework flexibilities. The ability and readiness for employees to telework impacts operational requirements and capabilities. This includes having a personal computer, tablet or mobile device which is not shared with secure internet connectivity.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure that you meet the minimum qualification requirements. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume.

    Your resume must reflect the relevant experience and that you meet the minimum qualifications or your application will not be considered.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance


    Drug test required


    Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Completed Vacancy Questionnaire
  • Documentation / Proof of Education (e.g. copy of HS diploma, GED certificate, college transcript or degree)
  • Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) Certificate
  • List of three (3) professional references
  • 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.


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    This is not a federal position.

    The District of Columbia Courts is an independent agency of the District of Columbia Government and is not under the authority of the City Mayor or the D. C. Council. DC Courts' appropriation comes directly from Congress. All DC Courts non-judicial employees receive federal benefits for the following programs: Life Insurance, Retirement Benefits, Health Insurance and Workers Compensation.

    Please click on the following for more information about these benefits:

    The DC Courts leave policy is as follows:

    Annual Leave: New full-time employees earn four (4) hours of annual leave biweekly. After three years of service this increases to six (6) hours biweekly, and at 15 years it increases to eight (8) hours biweekly. Most military, federal and District of Columbia government service counts toward the time required to go into the next higher annual leave category. Employees can carry over no more than 240 hours of annual leave into the next leave year.

    Sick Leave is used for personal medical needs, care of a family member, or adoption related purposes. Full-time employees earn four (4) hours of sick leave biweekly. This leave can be accrued without limit.

    In addition to the federal health plans, the DC Courts offer employees supplemental vision and dental plans as well as commuter transit benefit subsidy, for a maximum of $150 a month. There are 26 pay periods in the year.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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