Official, District, and Statewide Court Reporters

court reporterIn Wisconsin, there are currently two court reporting educational programs offered, a stenography technical degree at Lakeshore Technical College and a digital court reporting technical degree at Fox Valley Technical College. Qualified applicants may apply for a digital court reporter position without formal education. Current students may also apply as a digital court reporter while completing stenography and/or digital court reporting programs. 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 below.

Candidates for stenographic 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.

Position title Description Location Date closed
Statewide 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.
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Statewide positions available - See what is available in your area. Multiple positions open until filled
District Pool Court Reporter - Milwaukee 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.
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Milwaukee County Multiple positions open until filled
Official Court Reporter Judicial District 1 is currently accepting applications for full-time Official Court Reporter positions. The selected candidate will take the record for Milwaukee County Judge Martens, Judge Gramling-Perez, Judge Colon, Judge Havas, Judge Sanders, Judge Grayson, Judge Janet Protasiewicz.
Milwaukee - Branch 10
Milwaukee - Branch 14
Milwaukee - Branch 16
Milwaukee - Branch 18
Milwaukee - Branch 24
Milwaukee - Branch 25
Milwaukee - Branch 27
Milwaukee - Branch 28
Milwaukee - Branch 32
Milwaukee - Branch 36
Judicial District 1 (Milwaukee) Multiple positions open until filled
Official Court Reporter The Second Judicial District, Walworth and Racine County Circuit Courts, seeks candidates for the position of Official Court Reporter. Interested applicants will be presented to Judge David Reddy (Walworth) or Judge Wynne Laufenberg (Racine) for consideration. These positions will be available until filled.
Walworth County
Racine County
Judicial District 2 (Walworth, Kenosha, Racine) Open until filled
NA No Current openings Judicial District 4 (Waushara, Marquette, Green Lake, Winnebago, Fond du Lac, Calumet, Manitowoc, Sheboygan) NA
Official Court Reporter Judicial District 5 is currently accepting applications for a full-time Official Court Reporter position. The selected candidate will take the record for Columbia County Judge Hepler.
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Judicial District 5 (Sauk, Lafayette, Columbia, Dane, Green, Rock) Open until filled
Official Court Reporter Judicial District 7 is currently accepting applications for a full-time Official Court Reporter position. The selected candidate will take the record for Juneau County Judge Smith.
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Judicial District 7 (Pierce, Pepin, Buffalo, Trempealeau, La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford, Grant, Clark, Jackson, Monroe, Richland, Iowa) Open until filled
Official Court Reporter Judicial District 8 is currently accepting applications for full-time Official Court Reporter positions. The selected candidates will take the record for District 8 Judge Nielsen (Waupaca), Judge Morrison (Marinette) or Judge Schneider (Outagamie).
Marinette County
Waupaca County
Outagamie County
Judicial District 8 (Marinette, Oconto, Waupaca, Outagamie, Brown, Kewaunee, Door) Open until filled
Official Court Reporter Judicial District 9 is currently accepting applications for a full-time Official Court Reporter positions. The selected candidate will take the record for Price County Judge Klein.
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Judicial District 9 (Price, Taylor, Vilas, Oneida, Lincoln, Marathon, Wood, Portage, Florence, Forest, Langlade, Menominee, Shawano) Open until filled
Official Court Reporter Judicial District 10 is currently accepting applications for full-time Official Court Reporter positions. The selected candidates will take the record for either Judge Goerge Glonek (Douglas) or Judge Scott Nordstrand (St. Croix)
Douglas County
St. Croix County
Judicial District 10 (Douglas, Burnett, Polk, St. Croix, Washburn, Barron, Dunn, Bayfield, Sawyer, Rusk, Chippewa, Eau Claire, Ashland, Iron) Open 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