Employment opportunities

Official and district court reporters

Candidates for Official or District Court Reporter vacancies with the State of Wisconsin Court System must meet one of three minimum professional standards to be considered eligible for hire: (1) Graduation from a court reporting school approved by either the National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) or the National Verbatim Reporters Association (NVRA), or (2) Successful completion of the Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) examination administered by the NCRA, or (3) Successful completion of the Certified Verbatim Reporter (CVR) examination administered by the NVRA. Salary is based on level of qualification and documented previous court reporting experience. Wisconsin provides an excellent benefits package, including a retirement program; optional health, life and disability insurance; plus paid vacation, sick leave, personal days and holidays.

The court system's Human Resources Office maintains a roster of eligible court reporters who are interested in Official and/or District Court Reporter positions throughout the State of Wisconsin. For additional information about court reporter positions or to be included on the roster, contact the Human Resources Office, Wisconsin Court System, 110 E. Main St., Ste. 430, Madison, WI 53703-3356; telephone (608) 266-9795; FAX: (608) 261-8293; 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Job announcements for District Court Reporters, if available, are posted on the permanent and limited term positions page.

Certain locations in the Wisconsin Circuit Courts have been selected for the use of (State-owned) digital audio recording equipment to take the record. In these locations a Digital Court Reporter operates in place of a stenographic or voice writing court reporter. Digital Court Reporter hiring qualifications are distinct from the qualifications for stenographic and voice writing reporters listed above.

Job announcements for Digital Court Reporter positions, if available, are posted on the permanent and limited term positions page.

Information on freelance court reporting services can be found down the page.

Current openings for Official Court Reporter permanent positions

None at this time.

Current openings for limited term positions

None at this time.

Freelance court reporting services

Each of the ten judicial administrative districts of the Wisconsin Court System contracts separately for freelance court reporting services. Freelance reporters provide supplemental, contract services on an as needed basis and are not employees of the court system. Since freelance services are based on the needs of a specific judicial district, there is no guarantee of placement or assignment for freelance court reporters.

Court reporters who provide freelance services are not required to meet the eligibility requirements for hire as an official or district court reporter, however, an additional per diem is paid for court reporters who have passed a recognized certification exam.

If you are interested in exploring freelance assignments, please contact the District Court Administrator's Office of the district (see map) where you would be interested in providing service:

District 1 (Milwaukee County)
Michelle Smith, Manager, Court Reporting Services
(414) 278-5351
michelle.smith@wicourts.gov

District 2
Theresa Owens, District Court Administrator
(262) 636-3133
theresa.owens@wicourts.gov

District 3
Michael Neimon, District Court Administrator
(262) 548-7210
michael.neimon@wicourts.gov

District 4
Jon Bellows, District Court Administrator
(920) 424-0028
jon.bellows@wicourts.gov

District 5
Gail Richardson, District Court Administrator
(608) 267-8820
gail.richardson@wicourts.gov

District 6
Ron Ledford, District Court Administrator
(715) 345-5295
ron.ledford@wicourts.gov

District 7
Patrick Brummond, District Court Administrator
(608) 785-9546
patrick.brummond@wicourts.gov

District 8
Ron Ledford (interim), District Court Administrator
(920) 448-4281
ron.ledford@wicourts.gov

District 9
Susan Byrnes, District Court Administrator
(715) 842-3872
susan.byrnes@wicourts.gov

District 10
Kristina Aschenbrenner, District Court Administrator
(715) 839-4826
kristina.aschenbrenner@wicourts.gov

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