Job Details - Official Court Reporter - Hidalgo County Court at Law #6
Hidalgo County
Edinburg, TX
$98,000.00 - $98,000.00 per Year
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Job Information
Position Description:

Under direction, records, transcribes, and maintains records of court proceedings.  Makes verbatim record of court proceedings using written symbols, shorthand, machine shorthand, or oral stenography. Furnishes a statement of facts and of court proceedings to requesting parties.  Provides equipment used in performing duties, including stenographic machine, computers and printers, along with necessary reference material.

Attends all court sessions and makes full record of evidence, objections, rulings, voir dire and arguments when requested by Judge or any party to a case, together with all objections to admissibility of evidence, rulings and remarks of Court

Makes full record of jury arguments and voir dire examinations when requested by attorney for any party to a case, together with all objections to such arguments, rulings and remarks of Court

Documents and files all exhibits with various Clerk of Courts; preserves all shorthand or machine notes taken in court for three (3) years from date taken for future use and prepares accurate transcript, as instructed, of court proceedings for appeals or future court use

Prepares official transcripts of all evidence or other proceedings, or any portion thereof, subject to laws of the State, the rules and instructions of presiding Judge of the Court

May receive, execute and return commissions, and make a certificate of proceedings in any county that is included in the judicial district of the court; may prepare jury charges in civil cases; may perform administrative or secretarial services which assist in administrative functions of the Court

Regular attendance

Get along with co-workers


Experience and Education
Graduation from a high school or equivalent (GED)

Must have good computer skills


Two (2) year court reporting experience - preferred


Bilingual (Spanish and English) with the ability to converse fluently in both languages


Certificates, Licenses, Registration

Must have proof of a current valid Texas motor vehicle operator’s license

Must be able to be insured by County insurance carrier

Certification by the Supreme Court of Texas and one (1) years’ experience as a certified shorthand reporter - preferred

Requirements for certification are that reporters pass an oral exam that consists of dictation and that they pass a written exam at 75 percent accuracy

Certified court reporters are also required to complete a specified number of hours of continuing education courses every two (2) years

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of machine shorthand theory and minimum standards established for certification as a Certified Shorthand Reporter by the Supreme Court of Texas, of Texas law and proper court procedure

Ability to apply correct punctuation

Employee may be assigned other duties in addition to those listed and duties may change according to changing needs of department

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit and use hands to fingers, or feel objects, tools or controls.  The employee is required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to twenty-five (25) pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.



Maintain physical conditions appropriate to the performance of assigned duties and

Responsibilities which may include the following:

  • sitting for extended periods of time
  • standing for extended periods of time
  • operating assigned equipment

Maintain mental capacity which permits:

  • making sound decisions and using good judgment
  • demonstrating intellectual capabilities

Effectively handle a work environment and conditions which involve:

  • working closely with others
  • working in a multi-task environment

Maintain effective audio-visual discrimination and perception needed for:

  • making observations
  • reading and writing
  • operating assigned equipment
  • communication with others
  • required to follow the Hidalgo County Accident Prevention Plan and department’s safety regulations
Contact Information
Raquel Nevarez
County Court at Law #6