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Official Court Reporter

$79,551 - $95,461
CR 1- CR 5
October 3, 2019
Open until filled


A great career opportunity is available with the U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. Applications are being accepted for an Official Court Reporter. This position works with all Judges in our district and performs court reporting services for any judicial proceeding as required. This is a full-time, permanent position. Court Reporter salary levels are based on hire date, years of service and certifications as noted in the Qualifications and Salary Level sections below. Open to all applicants.


The duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • 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.
  • Adhere to billing and formats which comply with the Judicial Conference requirements.
  • 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.
  • Adhere to the requirements of the district’s Court Reporter Management Plan, Judicial Conference of the United States, and the Guide to Judiciary Policy, Administrative Office of the United States Courts.
  • Occasional travel within the district, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Candidate must possess at least four (4) years of prime court reporting experience in the freelance field of service or in other courts, or a combination thereof.
  • Applicants must have qualified by testing for listing on the Registry of Professional Reporters (RPR) of the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) or passed an equivalent qualifying examination.
  • Possess, maintain and provide all necessary personal equipment and software.
  • Realtime Certification Preferred.

The successful candidate must be reliable and highly organized; a self-starter; must be able to multi-task; have excellent communication (orally and writing) and interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with others; strong customer service skills, and have a professional demeanor.


CR Level 1: $79,551 (Minimum qualifications)
CR Level 2: $83,529 (Requires Merit Certification)*
CR Level 3: $87,506 (Requires Realtime Certification)*
CR Level 4: $91,483 (Requires Realtime Certification and Merit Certification)*
CR Level 5: $95,461 (Current Federal Official Court Reporters employed since 10/11/09 with ten (10) years of service in addition to requirements of Level 3 and Level 4)*

*Must meet minimum qualifications in addition to specified certification(s). Merit Certification - Registered merit reporter certificate from the NCRA. Realtime Certification - Successful completion of a certified realtime examination by NCRA or equivalent exam.


Employees of the U.S. District Court have access to an excellent benefits package which includes the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), Thrift Savings Plan (like 401k), health, life, dental & vision insurance, long-term care insurance, flexible spending program, ten (10) paid holidays per year, and a leave accrual program. (NOTE: For FERS retirement, employees contribute to the Basic Benefit Plan through payroll deductions and receive a benefit, which is calculated at retirement. Employees appointed on or after January 1, 2014 automatically contribute 4.4% of their base pay each paycheck to the Basic Benefit plan.) Additional information about federal judiciary employee benefits and compensation.


  • Only qualified applicants will be considered for this position.
  • Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.
  • A background investigation with law enforcement agencies, including fingerprint and criminal record check, will be conducted as a condition of employment. Any applicant selected for the  osition will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of investigation. Unsatisfactory results may result in termination of employment.
  • Judiciary employees are considered “at will” and are not covered by federal civil service classifications or regulations. Employees must adhere to the Code of Conduct for Judicial Employees.
  • Payment of salary is subject to the mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) to a financial institution.
  • All information provided by applicants is subject to verification. Applicants are advised that false statements or omission(s) of information on any application materials may be grounds for non-selection, withdrawal of an offer of employment or dismissal after being employed.
  • Participation in the interview process will be at the applicant’s own expense. The Court will not pay for relocation expenses. Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.


Submit one document in PDF format, via e-mail to the HR Administrator, that includes the following:

  • A cover letter that includes a statement that describes how their previous experience has prepared them for this position;
  • A resume detailing all relevant experience, education, skills and certifications;
  • Contact information for three professional references;
  • A copy of all court reporter certifications, and;
  • A completed Application for Judicial Branch Federal Employment (AO78 form).


The United States District Court,Middle District of Alabama, reserves the right to modify the conditions of this job announcement, to withdraw the job announcement, or to fill the position earlier than the closing date. Any of which may occur without prior written notice.

This Court is an Equal Opportunity Employer.