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JUDICIARY OF THE U. S. VIRGIN ISLANDS


Official Court Reporter I

EXTERNAL POSTING

Location:                                St. Thomas/St. John District

Division:                                 Judicial Branch Administrative Office-Court Reporting

Number of Vacancies:          1

Promotion Potential?:           Yes

Salary:                                    $20.20 - $33.10 per hour

Requirements:                       Graduation from an approved high school supplemented by graduation from a post-secondary court reporting program approved or accredited by the National Court Reporter's Association (or another nationally recognized regulatory body) with an Associate's degree, diploma, or certificate; and a minimum of three years of practical court-specific, or related reporting experience.

Required Documents:           Cover letter, Employment Application, resume, Associate's degree, Diploma, Certificate and other relevant documents

Opened:                                  Friday, February 9, 2018

Closes:                                    OPEN UNTIL FILLED with first consideration for applicants that have applied by Friday, March 9, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. Atlantic Standard Time

Nature of Work

This is advanced technical and clerical work.  Work includes attending sittings of the court, capturing a verbatim record of court proceedings using a stenograph machine and preparing and providing transcripts in accordance with the Virgin Islands Code, rules of court, opinions, legal guidelines and policies.  The court reporter exercises considerable independent judgment in all aspects of job performance.  Work is reviewed and evaluated by a judge, court reporter supervisor or assigned designee.

Essential Functions: (Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed)

Makes and preserves a verbatim record of court proceedings using a stenograph machine, which includes use of computer-aided transcription software.

Sets up and dismantles stenographic machine and other related equipment in the courtroom; maintains complete verbatim record of all verbal and nonverbal incidents related to the proceedings, including but not limited to identifying participants by name, marking and identifying exhibits, noting any "off the record" discussions allowed, objections, bench or side-bar conferences, motions, rulings, jury instructions and types of testimony; organizes and searches official record; obtains specific references or testimony, as requested; reminds parties to speak clearly or one at a time as needed.

Maintains high level of concentration and attentiveness throughout all court proceedings, regardless of disruptions and other unpredictable and adverse conditions.

Utilizes computer equipment and software for preparation of transcripts and court orders; researches and formulates and regularly edits, updates and maintains computer-aided transcription dictionaries.

Maintains accurate and complete files and records, including stenographic notes, computer disks, exhibit lists, witness lists, court calendars and other materials for archiving.

Transcribes, proofreads, certifies and provides official transcripts and related reports and documents upon request by translating court proceedings from stenographic notes to English.

Other duties as assigned or required.

Knowledge, Abilities and Skills

  Knowledge of trial and appellate court procedures, established precedent, rulings and decisions relating to court reporter obligations and responsibilities.

  Knowledge of English grammar, punctuation and spelling, legal, medical and technical terminology and legal concepts.

Knowledge of current provisions affecting court reporting in the Virgin Islands Code, Rules of Court, and National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) Code of Professional Ethics, Guidelines for Professional Practice and Transcript Format Guidelines.

  Knowledge of modern office practices, procedures and equipment.

  Knowledge of computer hardware and software, which may include word processing, spreadsheet, database and computer-aided transcription software.

  Knowledge of legal research materials.

  Ability to make a verbatim record of proceedings at speeds of 180 wpm for literary material; 200 wpm for jury charge and 225 wpm for testimony.

  Ability to listen and concentrate for extended periods of time.

  Ability to exercise tact, patience and impartiality during all court proceedings, without regard to disruption and adverse and stressful conditions.

Ability to accurately transcribe stenographic notes.

  Ability to exercise independent judgment.

  Ability to prepare complex documentation and forms related to appellate transcripts.

  Ability to coordinate, prioritize and organize work load to meet transcript production guidelines, including negotiating terms of transcript production when applicable.

Ability to interpret, explain, and apply applicable laws, rules, policies and procedures.

  Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with agencies and individuals in the court system and with attorneys, litigants and the public.

  Ability to understand and carry out complex or ambiguous oral and written instructions and execute tasks promptly. 

  Ability to recognize and maintain the need for confidentiality.

  Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing, with a diverse group of people.

  Ability to be flexible regarding assignments, which may include travel and transporting equipment.

  Ability to type 65 wpm.

Working Conditions

            Work is performed primarily in a courtroom, hearing room, conference room, judge's chambers and in an office setting.  May include travel assignments. 

Physical Demands

            Work requires the ability to listen attentively, concentrate, sit and operate a keyboard or stenograph machine for extended periods of time, use repetitive hand motion, work under stressful situations during intense court proceedings and transferring and transporting stenographic and computer equipment to various locations both within and out of the courthouse to which assigned.  May be required to transfer items up to 25 pounds.

Qualifications       (Any combination of training and work experience which indicates possession of the knowledge, abilities and skills listed above.  An example of an acceptable qualification for this position is:)

Graduation from an approved high school supplemented by graduation from a post-secondary court reporting program approved or accredited by the National Court Reporter's Association (or another nationally recognized regulatory body) with an Associate's degree, diploma, or certificate; and a minimum of three years of practical court-specific, or related reporting experience.

Licensure and Certifications:  None

Judicial Branch Administrative Office

Human Resources Division

P.O. Box 70

St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 00804

Tel: (340) 774-6680

Fax: (340) 774-2258

TTY:  (340) 693-4118

E-mail:  colleen.clendinen@vicourts.org

Submissions that do not include the requested documents will not be considered.  The Court will only contact applicants selected for interviews.  Any applicant who needs a reasonable accommodation shall advise the Court's ADA Coordinators.

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