North Dakota Court System
600 E. Boulevard Ave., Mail Stop 180
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$30,000 - $49,999
Watford City, ND
$3,653 monthly; plus excellent benefits package including employer paid family health insurance premiums and retirement contributions and generous vacation and sick leave accruals.
The Electronic Court Recorder is responsible for making a verbatim record of district and juvenile court trials, proceedings, and other matters using audio recording equipment, writing court logs, noting appearances and essential events during these proceedings, and providing transcripts, as required. Positions assigned to this classification provide administrative and secretarial support to a referee or district judge and court staff, assist in calendar control and scheduling, and may serve as liaison between the referee or district judge and others in matters handled by the referee or judge.
1. Accurately records, transcribes, and certifies the record of court and jury trial proceedings, unless it is prepared by a third party, by computer-aided equipment per state and appellate requirements. Responsibility also requires taking court notes during hearings to identify appearances and to note significant events during the hearing and to locate and present prior testimony. Requires travel to other counties within and outside of the district for court proceedings assigned to the district judge or referee.
2. Performs clerking duties in courtroom, administers oath, marks documents, maintains logs and other forms, and transfers storage devices, files, and records to the clerk of district court for reference.
3. Prepares and distributes official transcripts and related documents.
4. Coordinates meetings and maintains the calendar for the judge or referee and his or her court schedule. Schedules trials and other court proceedings, unless done by a calendar clerk and in cooperation with the clerk of court, and informs parties of the same.
5. Provides secretarial and clerical support to the district judge or referee by preparing, transcribing, and proofing all correspondence, findings, orders, jury instructions, memorandum, or other materials.
6. Performs a variety of clerical and administrative tasks that may include: scheduling rotation of court reporter pool, answering phones, maintaining and purchasing office supplies, maintaining law library, arranging appointments and travel reservations, scheduling and notifying parties of meetings and proceedings, performing related scheduling functions, and preparing expense vouchers.
7. Serves as primary contact for case-related information, as requested. Greets visitors, screens telephone calls and correspondence, provides information, explains policies and procedures or refers, as appropriate. Acts as a liaison between the district judge or referee and personnel from other agencies, the general public, and attorneys.
8. Performs other duties of a comparable level or type.
Requires a high school diploma and two years of secretarial experience in a court, law office or related job experience.
Requires AAERT (American Association of Electronic Reporters and Transcribers) CER (certified electronic court reporter) and CET (certified electronic transcriber) certifications or ability to obtain within two years of job entry. A comparable certification by another state court or federal court may be substituted for the AAERT certification.
The North Dakota Court System Transcript Practice and Quality Assurance Program (TQAP), along with the CET written multiple choice test, may be substituted for the practical portion of the AAERT CET certification with successful completion within one year of job entry.
Applications must be submitted online at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/ndcourts. Any form of paper or other electronic application will not be accepted.
The successful candidate will be subject to a criminal background check.