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.

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.

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

Current openings for District Court Reporter or Digital Court Reporter positions

Third Judicial District Court Reporter - 50% (Waukesha)
Tenth Judicial District Court Reporter (Eau Claire)

To view complete postings and apply online please go to the permanent positions page.

Current openings for Official Court Reporter permanent positions

Official Court Reporter - Fourth Judicial Administrative District
Manitowoc County, Branch 3, Judge Jerome Fox
Full-time position
Realtime proficiency is preferred but not required.
Contact: Jon Bellows, Fourth District Court Administrator, (920) 424-0028.
To apply: Please submit a cover letter,current resume and references to Jon Bellows, Fourth District Court Administrator, 415 Jackson St Rm 510, PO Box 2808, Oshkosh, WI 54903-2808; fax (920) 424-0096; or e-mail jon.bellows@wicourts.gov.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Current openings for limited term positions

District Court Reporter - First Judicial District
Positions available providing floating court reporter coverage in Milwaukee County.
Contact: Michelle Smith, Manager - Court Reporting Services, (414) 278-3995.
To apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume, and list of references to Michelle Smith, Manager - Court Reporting Services, Milwaukee County Courthouse, Room 609, 901 North 9th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233; fax to (414) 223-1243; or email to michelle.smith@wicourts.gov.
Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled.

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

District 2
Theresa Owens, District Court Administrator
(262) 636-3133

District 3
Michael Neimon, District Court Administrator
(262) 548-7210

District 4
Jon Bellows, District Court Administrator
(920) 424-0028

District 5
Gail Richardson, District Court Administrator
(608) 267-8820

District 6
Ron Ledford, District Court Administrator
(715) 345-5295

District 7
Patrick Brummond, District Court Administrator
(608) 785-9546

District 8
Don Harper, District Court Administrator
(920) 448-4281

District 9
Susan Byrnes, District Court Administrator
(715) 842-3872

District 10
Patrick Brummond, Acting District Court Administrator
(715) 839-4826

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