Official & district court reporters

court reporterCandidates 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 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.

Date posted Position title Description Location Date closed
01/07/2021 Official court reporter (stenographic/voice or digital) The Honorable Judge Michael Hanrahan, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Branch 4, seeks candidates for the position of full-time Official Court Reporter. Realtime proficiency is preferred, but not required. This position is available January 31, 2021. Learn more & apply Milwaukee Until filled
12/23/2020 Official court reporter (stenographic/voice or digital) The Honorable Judge Hannah Dugan, Milwaukee County Circuit Court, Branch 31, seeks candidates for the position of full-time Official Court Reporter. Realtime proficiency is preferred, but not required. This position is available January 3, 2021. Learn more & apply Milwaukee Until filled
12/16/2020 Official court reporter (stenographic/voice or digital) The Honorable Judge Mark McGinnis, Outagamie County Circuit Court, Branch 01, seeks candidates for the position of an Official Court Reporter. Realtime proficiency is preferred, but not required. This position is available January 31, 2021. Learn more & apply Outagamie County Until filled
11/11/2020 District reporter (stenographic/voice or digital) Applications are now being accepted for a District Court Reporter (0.50) in the Third Judicial District, which serves Dodge, Jefferson, Ozaukee, Washington, and Waukesha Counties. Realtime proficiency is preferred, but not required. This position is available November 22, 2020. Learn more & apply District 3 Until filled
09/18/2020 Official court reporter (0.50; stenographic/voice or digital) The Honorable Judge D. Todd Ehlers, Door County Circuit Court, Branch 1, seeks candidates for the position of a part-time Official Court Reporter (0.50). Realtime proficiency is preferred, but not required. This position is available January 4, 2021. Learn more & apply Door County Until filled
08/27/2020 District court reporter Applications are now being accepted for a full-time District Court Reporter position in Wisconsin’s Second Judicial District. Learn more & apply Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties Until filled
01/13/2021 Digital court reporter Applications are now being accepted for a full-time Digital Court Reporter. This position will primarily be responsible for the verbatim recording and transcription of court proceedings through the use of digital audio recording (DAR) equipment. The reporter will take the record of proceedings both remotely and in person. Learn more & apply Statewide Until filled
08/14/2020 Official court reporter (stenographic/voice or digital) The Honorable Judge Todd Hepler, Columbia County Circuit Court, Branch 01, seeks candidates for the position of fulltime Official Court Reporter. Realtime proficiency is preferred, but not required. Learn more & apply City of Portage, Columbia County Until filled
09/23/2020 District pool court reporter Applications are now being accepted for full-time District Court Reporter position in the Milwaukee County Court Reporter Pool. The selected candidates will provide floating court reporter coverage for the First Judicial District. Candidate may also be considered for limited term positions available in the court reporter pool. Learn more & apply Milwaukee County Until filled
04/15/2020 District court reporter Application are now being accepted for a full time District Court Reporter in the Fifth Judicial District, which serves Columbia, Dane, Green, Lafayette, Rock, and Sauk Counties. This position is available May 25, 2020. Learn more & apply See description. Until filled
11/08/2019 District court reporter Applications are now being accepted for a sixty percent District Court Reporter in the Seventh Judicial District, which serves Adams, Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Grant, Iowa, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon Counties. Learn more & apply See description. Until filled

Learn about court reporting careers

Court reporters play a critical role in the judicial system. The following resources will help you learn more about the various techniques used to perform this important function and how you can train to serve as a court reporter in the Wisconsin Court System. Please check back frequently as more content will be added over time.

Court reporters: Who they are, what they do, and where to apply!

The following video and corresponding flyer provide an overview of working as a court reporter in the Wisconsin Court System.

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10 tools for a digital court reporter

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Freelance court reporting services

Each of the nine 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)

Tracy Klappenbach, Manager Court Reporter Services
Ph: (414) 278-3995
Email: tracy.klappenbach@wicourts.gov

District 2

Louis Moore, District Court Administrator
Ph: (262) 636-3133
Email: louis.moore@wicourts.gov

District 3

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

District 4

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

District 5

Theresa Owens, District Court Administrator
Ph: (608) 267-8820
Email: theresa.owens@wicourts.gov

District 7

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

District 8

Thomas Schappa, District Court Administrator
Ph: (920) 448-4281
Email: thomas.schappa@wicourts.gov

District 9

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

District 10

Christopher Channing, District Court Administrator
Ph: (715) 245-4105
Email: christopher.channing@wicourts.gov