Court Reporters


Jobs in this family work taking and transcribing verbatim notes of court proceedings.

Typical functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Take and transcribe verbatim courtroom testimony.
  • Mark and secure exhibits for court proceedings.
  • Work in high pressure situations.
  • Incorporate exhibits into case papers

The work assigned to positions in this series ranges from recording and transcribing verbatim testimony to oversight of court reporter activities and office management.

Court Reporter

This is a vocational-level position accountable for taking verbatim notes of testimony in administrative proceedings using a stenotype machine or other reporting equipment. An employee at this level is accountable for marking exhibits introduced as evidence, maintaining evidence in a secure place, and incorporating exhibits into case papers.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

Knowledge of courtroom operations and procedures. Knowledge of the principles and practices of court reporting. Knowledge of legal and medical terminology, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Ability to maintain certification as a court reporter in accordance with the Missouri State Board of Certified Court Reporter Examiners. Ability to take verbatim courtroom testimony with a high degree of accuracy. Ability to focus and work under high pressure.

Typical qualifications

Current certification as a court reporter.

Pay grade

Court Reporter Supervisor

This is a supervisory position accountable for overseeing the work of court reporters. An employee at this level plans, performs, and coordinates reporting and transcription of formal administrative hearings.  Responsibilities include assigning court reporters to cover proceedings, reviewing cases, and deciding on proper methods of handling and processing. Employee supervision includes hire recommendations, training, planning and assigning work, performance assessment, coaching, and progressive discipline. Supervision at this level also requires these employees to have the knowledge and skills to perform, monitor, and review the work overseen.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous level: Knowledge of the Missouri Supreme Court rules related to court reporting and preparation of transcripts. Knowledge of office management and record-keeping procedures. Knowledge of the principles of supervision and training. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

Typical qualifications

Current certification as a court reporter and 3 or more years of relevant experience.

Pay grade